Question Tags Exercises with Answers – Question tags are a type of interrogative sentence that is often used to express our agreement to the interlocutor (other speaker). The characteristics of question tags is they usually have the opposite (positive / negative form) of the verb in a question sentence, for example:
“You don’t do your homework, do you?”
The word “don’t do” is negative, while the word “do” you at the end of the sentence states the opposite (positive).
Now, we will be providing the question tags exercises along with the answers. so you learn more about this kind of interrogative sentence.
Question Tags Exercises
I. Look at the tags in the conversation extracts below. Write the “Use of Tags” number (1 – 3) on the table below after each tag.
|Number||Use of Tags|
|1.||Tags are used to suggest a shared opinion, and encourage the other speaker to answer.|
|2.||Tags are used to check something we’re not sure about.|
|3.||Tags are used to ask for help or information.|
A: Peter is really good to work for.
B: Yes, he is really helpful, isn’t he? (1)
|1.||A: You couldn’t open the door for me, could you? ___|
|2.||A: Do you know how often trains go to Birmingham?|
B: Mike should know, shouldn’t he? ___ He travels a lot.
|3.||A: You know Pat and Neil? They never say hello when I see them.|
B: Yes, they’re really unfriendly, aren’t they? ___
|4.||A: You haven’t got a hammer, have you? ___|
B: Yes, I am sure I have somewhere.
|5.||A: I am next in the queue, aren’t I? ___|
B: No, I’m afraid it’s me next, actually.
|6.||A: Have you noticed how people are always great when there’s a problem?|
B: Yes, they are, aren’t they? ___
II. Add six tags to the learners’ conversations below, in places where they make the conversations sound more natural. You may need to delete some words.
|A:||So, what shall we do tonight? You said you wanted to try the Japanese restaurant, didn’t you?|
|B:||Yes, I did. What do you think?|
|A:||Well, I will come with you only if it’s not too expensive. It’s very expensive to live here.|
|B:||Yes, I agree, for most things. I bought some novels the other day, and they were twice as expensive as they are at home.|
|A:||But some things are cheaper. Clothes are reasonable.|
|A:||This is more difficult than the first exercise.|
|B:||Oh, I don’t know. I think it’s OK.|
|A:||You’ve finished, Marcel. What did you put for number 5?|
|C:||Number 5? It could be “has been”.|
|A:||Oh yes, it is. And you couldn’t tell me the answer to number 8?|
|C:||That’s “has gone”.|
Answers of Question Tags Exercises
- A : So, what shall we do tonight? You said you wanted to try the Japanese restaurant, didn’t you?
- A : Well, I will come with you only if it’s not too expensive. It’s very expensive to live here, isn’t it?
- A : But some things are cheaper, aren’t they? Clothes are reasonable.
- A : This is more difficult than the first exercise, isn’t this?
- A : You’ve finished, have you, Marcel? What did you put for number 5?
- C : Number 5? It could be “has been”, couldn’t it?
Okay, we think two question tags exercises is enough for you guys. As a bonus, there’s one more exercise today, it’s not about question tags, but indirect questions.
Indirect questions are different from question tags. Indirect questions are a type of interrogative sentence where you don’t directly ask someone about something, for example:
“Do you know where the school library is?”.
The sentence above is an interrogative sentence indeed, but the main point of the question, which is “Where the school library is” wasn’t asked directly. People usually use indirect questions to ask something and show some politeness to people they don’t really know well / they just met.
Indirect Questions Exercises
III. Complete each conversation with a suitable indirect question.
A : Excuse me. Could you tell me how far it is to the city centre?
B : Yes, of course. It’s about three kilometers. You’re nearly there.
A : Thank you very much.
|1.||A : Excuse me. ______________________________________________ ?|
B : No, I’m sorry, I’m afraid I don’t. You could go to Tourist Information. They will give you a list of hotels here.
|2.||A : Hello, Ollie, how are you?|
B : I’m fine. ________________________________________________ ?
A : Oh, that’s very kind of you, but I’m afraid I’m busy tonight. How about tomorrow?
|3.||A : Have you heard from Deborah recently?|
B : No, I haven’t actually. ______________________________________ ?
A : No, I don’t. She said she’d phone me if she got the job, but she hasn’t called.
Answers of Indirect Question Exercises
- Do you know which is a hotel with the best view in this area?
- I was wondering when could I watch a movie with you again?
- Do you know did she get the job?
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