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Negative Yes/No

3 Questions and
Tag Questions

This Isn’t Dangerous,


Is It?
“This isn’t dangerous, is it?”
These parachutes You haven’t done this
work, don’t they? before, have you?

Isn’t this fun?


We won’t get
hurt, will we?
Use
Use negative yes/no questions and tag questions to:
check information you believe to be true OR comment
on a situation.

Don’t I pull the Isn’t the view


I pull the blue great?
blue cord? In both
cord, don’t I?
In both sentences the
sentences the speaker believes
speaker is that he should
commenting The view
pullis great,
the blue
on the view. isn’t it? wants
cord and
to check this
information.
Negative Yes/No Questions
Like affirmative yes/no questions, negative yes/no
questions begin with a form of be or an auxiliary
verb, such as have, do, will, can, or should.
Can’t you swim
Haven’t you somewhere else?
had lunch yet?

Didn’t you
Aren’t sharks see the
vegetarians? shark
warning
sign?
Tag Questions 1
Form tag questions with statement + tag. The
statement expresses an assumption. The tag means
Right? OR Isn’t that true?

Tag

It’s a long way down, isn’t it? Tag

Statement I went the wrong way, didn’t I?

Statement
Tag Questions 2
If the statement verb is affirmative, the tag verb is
negative. If the statement verb is negative, the tag verb
is affirmative.
Negative Affirmative

You won’t talk for too This


long,rope will hold me,
will you? won’t it?

Affirmative Negative
Tag Questions 3
Form the tag with a form of be or an auxiliary verb,
such as have, do, will, can, or should. Use the same
auxiliary that is in the statement.

You He has done


He isn’t
this before,
bought joking, is he?
life hasn’t he?
insurance,
didn’t
you?
Be Careful!
In the tag, only use pronouns. When the subject of the
statement is that, the subject of the tag is it.

Tom isn’t enjoying


he?
this, is Tom?

That wasn’t my
parachute, was it?
Complete the tag
Practice 1 questions with the correct
tag.

Example: You can swim, …


can’t you?
1. This is high enough, isn’t
… it?
2. The rope won’t break, will
… it?
3. We don’t have enough food, do
… we?
4. He didn’t bring the helmets, did
… he?
5. She hasn’t given us the right parachutes, has
… she?
6. We should check the map, shouldn’t
… we?
7. Our guide, Bob, does this all the time, doesn’t
… he?
Intonation 1
Use tag questions in conversations when you expect the
other person to agree with you. In this type of tag question,
the voice falls on the tag.

You’re
That hurts, doesn’t it? You didn’t wear a seatbelt,
right. I
didn’t did you?
wear a
seat belt.
This type of tag question is
more like a statement than a The speaker is checking
question. The listener can information he believes
just nod or say uh-huh to is correct. He expects
Uh-
show that he or she is the listener to answer
listening and agrees. huh.
(and agree).
Intonation 2
Tag questions can be used to get information. This type of tag
question is more like a yes/no question. Like a yes/no question,
the voice rises at the end, and you usually get an answer.

This isn’t
dangerous,
That’s is
what
it? they
told us in the
skydiving class.

The speaker wants to Well,


Thissometimes
parachute
confirm his information
because he is not sure
will open before
there are
it is correct. we land, won’t it?
sharks.
Answers
Answer negative yes/no questions and tag questions
the same way you answer affirmative yes/no questions.

The answer is no, if


There’s
the information is a hospital nearby, isn’t
not correct.
there?

No, it doesn’t. Yes, there is.

Doesn’t your
The answer is yes, if
parachute work? the information is
correct.
Write dialogues for each picture using
Practice 2 tag questions or negative yes/no
questions, and answers for each
picture.

Example:
Eels don’t bite,
No, we don’t. We do they?
just like to hug.

1. 2.
References

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