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English for lunch is back, isn't it?

And we're back with our English for Lunch blog posts! Over the last weeks, we have covered many different topics based on our students' questions.

We discussed articles ('the, a/an'), English rhythm and stress, and, last week, question tags!

As you probably know, we like to move our auxiliary verbs and modals when asking questions in English:

'Where are you from?'
'Can you swim?'
'What did you do last weekend?'

Well, there are other ways to ask questions in English and one of them is by using question tags.

We normally use question tags when we want to confirm information that we previously had, by using the auxiliary verbs at the end either in the affirmative or negative.

'You're from Austria, aren't you?'
'You aren't married, are you?'

As you can see from the example above, an affirmative sentence requires a negative question tag and vice versa.

We can also change the intonation at the end depending on how sure we are of our statement.

↗️ A rising intonation means we are not really sure of what we are saying, ↘️ while a falling intonation means we are.

Now it's your turn! Let's try some question tags in the exercises below, shall we? Be careful with a few exceptions.

1. He speaks French, ___________?
2. They will give my pen back, ________?
3. You don't have a fiver, ___________?
4. They didn't call yesterday, _________?
5. Mark isn't a vegetarian, _________?
6. I'm right, _____________?
7. You could come at 5 tomorrow, __________?
8. Turn on the lights, ____________?

Check the answers below and join us at English for lunch this Thursday.

1. Doesn't he?
2. Won't they?
3. Do you?
4. Did they?
5. Is he?
6. Aren't I?
7. Couldn't you?
8. Will you?
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