Negative and Tag Questions

Negative & Tag Questions

Be careful about using negative or tag questions.   Negative and tag questions imply that you already know the answer.  You already have an opinion.

You don’t smoke, do you?  Means I think it is bad and I hope you do not do it.  Using the negative question says MY opinion.  It is not just a real question.

Example:

Question:  Do you live in Oakland?                                                   (I don’t know.  This is really a question.)

Neg:                 Don’t you live in Oakland?                    (I think you do, I think it’s better, I think you should)

Pos Tag:          You live in Oakland, don’t you?                     (I think you do, I already have an opinon)

You live in Oakland, ma?    You live in Oakland, no?

Neg Tag:          You don’t live in Oakland, do you?                (I think you DON’T, it’s bad to do this.)

 

The Question:                                                                                              What do I think?

1.  Do you smoke?                                                                                            No idea______

Negative Question:  Don’t you smoke?                                        ___ I think yes________

Positive Tag Question:  You smoke, don’t you?                    ___I think yes________

Negative Tag Question:    You don’t smoke, do you?          ___I think no.  I think it’s bad._____

2.  Do you have children?                                                                               ______________

Negative Question:                                                                             ______________

Positive Tag Question:                                                                       ______________

Negative Tag Question:                                                                      ______________

3.  Is this good music?                                                                                                ______________

Negative Question:                                                                             ______________

Positive Tag Question:                                                                       ______________

Negative Tag Question:                                                                      ______________

4.  Do we have too much homework?                                                                        ______________

Negative Question:                                                                             ______________

Positive Tag Question:                                                                       ______________

Negative Tag Question:                                                                      ______________

5.   Is this a good school?                                                                                ______________

Negative Question:                                                                             ______________

Positive Tag Question:                                                                       ______________

Negative Tag Question:                                                                      ______________

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