Question tags

We can hang words onto the end of a positive or negative sentence that transform these into a question. They are called question tags.
In German you do the same using words like oder? at the end of a sentence to create a question:
Es regnet, oder?


English has a similar function, although it is done in a completely different way.
The first rule of thumb is:
positive sentence + negative question tag – It’s raining, isn’t it?
negative sentence + positive question tag – It isn’t raining, is it?

The next rule of thumb is: The question tag should generally be in the same tense as the first part of the sentence (although this isn’t always the case). At this level we’re going to keep it nice and easy and stick to the main tenses:

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question tags

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