Sometimes we forget or want to double check (check two times).
In these cases we can use “tag questions”.
A tag question is like a “mini question”.
A negative tag question:
Q: It’s behind me, isn’t it?
“Isn’t it?” is the tag, because “Isn’t“ is the opposite of “It is“.
A positive tag question
Q: It isn’t behind me, is it?
“Is it?“ is the tag, because “Is” is the opposite of “isn’t“.
For verbs you should use:
“didn’t” for positive tag questions
“did” for negative tag questions.
Here are some common questions I get asked:
Common Negative Tag Questions
Q: You lived in Sydney, didn’t you?
A: Yes, I lived in Sydney for a long time
Q: You’re 28, aren’t you?
A: No, I’m 26
Q: You play the guitar , don’t you?
A: Yes, I do.
Q: You like fried chicken, don’t you?
A: Yes, but only Japanese chicken.
Q: You will eat fried chicken tonight, won’t you?
Q: Koalas are cute, aren’t there?
A: Yes, they are.
Positive Tag Questions
Q: You’re not Australian, are you?
A: No, I’m not Australian.
Q: You don’t live in Sydney anymore, do you?
A: No, I don’t live in Sydney anymore.
Q: You can’t dance, can you?
A: No, I can’t dance.
Q: You don’t like seafood, do you?
A: No, I don’t like seafood.