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Have you? Are you? Don’t you? Etc

You can say  have you? / is it? / can’t he?  Etc. This shows that you are interested, surprised and involved in what the other speaker has to say. This adds further depth for conversationalists throughout a discussion.


 

  • I’m not tired.’ ‘Aren’t you? I am.’

  • ‘Mary can’t’ ‘Can’t she? I didn’t know that.’

  • There’s a parcel waiting for you.’ ‘Is there? Where is it?’

  • ‘It’s snowing again.’ ‘Is it? It was raining ten minutes ago.’

  • ‘You’re late for the third time this week.’ ‘Oh, am I? I’m sorry.’

 

Use do/does for the present simple, and did for the past simple:

 

  • ‘Ben doesn’t eat fruit.’     ‘Doesn’t he? Does he eat vegetables?

  • ‘Hannah got divorced last week.’ ‘Did she? Really?

 

Tag questions:


Have you? / is it? / can’t she? etc. are used at the end of a sentence. These appear to act as ‘mini questions’ and so are called tag questions.

 

Positive sentence                                         Negative tag question.

Yes, that’s right.Yes,

I think so.Yes, very nice.

Yes, probably.

Susanne lives in Austria, doesn’t she?

You opened the sugar, didn’t you?

Those perfumes  are strong, aren’t they?

Tom will be arriving soon, won’t he?

 

Negative sentence                                       Positive  tag question.

 

No, it’s my teachers.

No, I haven’t.

No, she doesn’t.

No, I never forget.

 

That isn’t your ruler, isn’t it?

You haven’t met my friend, have you?

Olivia doesn’t dance, does she?

You won’t forget your money, will you?

 

 

Have you? Are you? Don’t you? etc Exercises..


Answer with Do you? / Doesn’t she? / Did they? Etc.

 

  1. Kate doesn’t like me. …………………………………………………….? Why not?

  2. I work in a primary school. …………………………………………………….? I work in a school too.

  3. You look miserable. ……………………………………………………? I feel fine.

  4. Bill rang me yesterday. ……………………………………………..? What did she say?

  5. I didn’t go to college last week. ………………………………………….? Were you still feeling ill?

 

Answer with Have you? / Haven’t you? / Did she? / Didn’t she? Etc.

 

  1. I’ve bought a new phone. ……………………………………………..? What brand is it?

  2. Tim doesn’t eat any sweets. …………………………………………….? Does he eat chocolate?

  3. Sue can’t play any instrument. …………………………………………….? She should learn.

  4. I was born in France. …………………………………………….? I didn’t know that.

  5. I’m not happy with the presentation of your work. ……………………………….? Why not?

  6. I saw her last night whilst I was driving. ………………………………………………..? How is she?

  7. Olli works in a post office. …………………………………………………? Which post office?

 

 

Complete these sentences with a tag question. (Isn’t it/ haven’t you/ aren’t they? Etc.) Challenge yourself by adding extra information and opinions where appropriate.

 

 

Kate was at the celebration ………………………………………………………………….?

 

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