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Golden Rules on Question Tag

Published on Friday, December 08, 2017
Golden Rules on Question Tag
Today we will discuss an easiest but important topic for SSC aspirants. Yes, you are right today we will discuss “Question Tag”.
Students you all know what a “Question Tag” is? It is nothing but a short word or contraction form of verb that is directed by using these rules.

To convert:-

  • Anamolous finite(auxiliary verb) + n’t + Pronoun(Nominative case). 
  • Anamolous finite(auxiliary verb) + + Pronoun(Nominative case). 
We need to focus only on these above basic concepts.
Only three type of sentence is used in this question tag namely
  • Affirmative Sentences. 
  • Negative Sentences. 
  • Imperative Sentences(order, command, request). 

Affirmative sentences and Negative Sentences 

Rule 1:-

Affirmative Sentences are converted to Negative Sentences and vice versa.
E.g.:- Rahul is struggling a lot to get his goal, isn’t he? (bold words are question tag, following basic concept-(1)).
Ramesh is not a Regular Student of here, is he? (bold words are question tag, following basic concept-(2)).

Rule 2:-

Lack of/Mitigation of an auxiliary verb,
Simple present
changes to question tag using --------do/does [as required in the pronoun(Nominative case)].
Simple past changes to question tag using----------did.
E.g.:- I often came here with a view to meeting my parents, don’t I? (No anomalous finite here).
She slept a bed, didn’t she? (No auxiliary verb here, and the sentence is in the past tense).

Rule 3:-

Seldom, Seldom if ever, Few, little, Rarely, Barely, Hardly, Scarcely etc are treated as negative words so it is but natural that it will be converted to affirmative sentences.
E.g.:-He seldom goes to his school, does he?
Few are present, aren’t they?

Rule 4:-

Am is converted to aren’t?
Shall not is converted to Shan’t? and
Used to is converted to usedn’t/didn’t?
E.g.:- I am your teacher, aren’t I?
He used to go there, usedn’t he? or He used to go there, didn’t he?

Rule 5:-

Somebody, Someone, Anybody, Anyone, Nobody, No one Everybody, Everyone to convert these word we use “they” at a place of subject.
E.g.:-Someone is calling you, aren’t they?
No one is present there, are they?

Rule 6:-

Something, Anything, Nothing and Everything follow “it” as a subject
E.g.:- Nothing is yet to be done, is it?

Imperative Sentences

We often change such sort of sentence into three ways 

1. Sentences based on order.

Conversion using won't’you?
E.g.:- Bring a cup of coffee, won't you?

2. Sentences based on advice.

Conversion using should you?
E.g.:- Look after your ward, should you?

3. Sentences based on urgency.

Conversion using can you?/can’t you?
E.g.:- Remember to shut the door, can you? Or Remember to shut the door, can’t you?
Thanks to student for reading my article and I am sure you have understood all the concept of Question Tag. If you have any sort of problems never hesitate to comment, I will try to clear your doubts as soon as possible. We all know that practice makes a man perfect so students keep practising the rules and become perfect.

Thank you. 

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