09 – Tag Questions – Learn English Podcast

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Learn tag questions

You like learning English, don’t you? I though so! So for today’s lesson, let’s have a look at tag questions. Tag questions are little questions that you add to the end of a sentence. This lesson will show you the grammar behind tag questions, and the intonation used depending on the meaning.

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Comments 7

  1. Hi Michael. When the information is rising in a tag question that meens you want to check some information that you think is true. And falling intonation is used to make comments or observations. I’m not technical savvy enough. Could you say to me what I need to do to subscribe to this podcast on iTunes?

  2. Good explanations for using tag questions. But I usually create a situation in which a tag question is required, e.g., you’re waiting for the bus & you say to the person standing next to you “The bus is late, isn’t it?” (with falling intonation) Or you’re in a restaurant and the waiter keeps ignoring you and you say to the person with you, “He’s our waiter, isn’t he?” (with a rising intonation). I quite often get up and stand in the middle of the room and take one of the students to ‘wait for the bus’ with me! LOL

  3. Hi Michael,
    Answer to your question:
    Rising intonation in the tag question is used when you want to check the information is true while falling intonation in the tag question is used to make comments or observations or you know it is true.
    when it is a modal verb, we use the same verb in the tag question; and then this is the example you gave. Ex: jack hasn’t called, has he?
    while finishing the lesson, you said,”you had fun with this lesson , didn’t you?” Here, you aren’t using the modal verb for the tag question, like ‘hadn’t you’. why is that?

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