Tag questions are used a lot in English, but more so in discussions and speech rather than written English.
A tag question is a statement followed by a short question. The short question is there to confirm the statement.
Here’s an example:
Astro is dog, isn’t he?
The sun is always hot, isn’t it?
You do like my dress, don’t you?
I think that reading is a good hobby, don’t you agree?
They can be used in the negative or the positive form too.
You’re not going to wear that dress, are you? (positive)
You’re going to change to something nicer, aren’t’ you? (This is considered negative because the word ‘not’ is used)
Fun with tag questions
Once you’ve discussed what a tag question is and how it is used you might like to play this fun game with your grandchildren.
You could choose an end question and add it to any statement with a lot of added emphasis.
One example which children love to play is, “without my head?”
It’s not a real tag question as such, but it is a lot of fun to play.
It goes something like this –
I think I’ll go down the street today, without my head?
Let’s have a drink, without my head?
I would like to watch television, without my head?