Snowdon Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob the teacher talks about tag questions. Try some activities to practise this language.

Watch the video and then do the tasks. 

Task 1

Language Task

Complete the sentence with the right question tag.

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Task 2

Language Task

Read the sentences with tag questions and choose those that are correct.

Exercise

Task 3

Language Task

Choose the best answer to these questions.

Exercise

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Submitted by nikoslado on Wed, 16/10/2019 - 10:03

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Dear Team, could you tell me, please , why we must say- only ( ??) - ''I'm good at this, aren't I ?'' and not ''I'm good at this, am I not?'', which is more logical than the first one?

Hello nikoslado

I'm afraid that is just the way native speakers have come to use the language over time. There may well be a more satisfying explanation for this and I would explain it to you if I were familiar with it, but I'm afraid I'm not. In any case, the alternative form you suggest also sounds fine to me. I'm sure some would deem it incorrect, but I doubt it would cause any confusion.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by sina_amerian on Fri, 07/09/2018 - 10:27

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Hi everyone, I haven't realized how to answer the tag questions yet! If I do smoke for instance, then how to answer someone who asked '' you don't smoke, do you? '' 1. Yes, I do. or 2. No, I do.

Hello sina_amerian,

I can see how that is confusing. I'd say the best answer is 'Yes, I do' (which refers to whether you smoke or not). But some people might say 'No, I do' (which refers to their wrong assumption about you). I'd recommend 'Yes, I do', however.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Nguyen thi Hai Huyen on Fri, 25/05/2018 - 18:30

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Hi, all Please help me to How to answer the question tag.? How many type of question tag with different verb? Thanks

Submitted by Kirk on Sat, 26/05/2018 - 10:12

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Hello Nguyen thi Hai Huyen,

There are a lot of different question tags, since they are formed from auxiliary verbs. You can find an explanation on our Question tags page and also on this Cambridge Dictionary page.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by arhaz on Sun, 16/07/2017 - 08:11

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Hello. There is no transcript for this part. I could not understand what Ash said in second 5. Would you please help me about?

Hello arhaz,

The Language focus sections do not have transcripts as they are designed to be lessons rather than listening texts.

I think the sentence you are referring to is 'Wait and see, wait and see', which means something like 'Be patient, you'll see soon'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by labeb Najip Abdullah on Wed, 28/06/2017 - 16:36

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The lesson is difficult, isn't it?

Submitted by spaceface on Sat, 29/04/2017 - 03:47

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Um... There are lots of grammars and rules to remember. Is there any way to remember them easily?

Hello spaceface,

There are indeed many rules. However, this is true of every language and yet most people learn their own mother tongue without too much trouble and without memorising many rules. While it is helpful to learn consciously and to know something about the system of the language, it is more important, in my opinion, to familiarise yourself with how the language is used by being exposed to examples of use and by practising with the language as much as possible. That way we can assimilate the language system in an unconscious way, following the rules even though we would not say what they are - just as most people are not experts in their own mother tongue's system and rules but can still speak and write fluently.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Elena TAM on Mon, 17/04/2017 - 17:26

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Dear teachers, Could you explain how to answer tag questions? For example, "You don't smoke, do you?". Which shall I answer if I don't smoke "I do" or "I don't". Thank you in advance for your feedback.

Hello Elena TAM,

Tag questions are a form of yes/no question, so you should generally answer with some variant of 'yes' or 'no':

Yes, I do.

No, I don't.

I do sometimes.

No, I usually don't.

Of course not!

Yes, what makes you think I don't?

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by anastacia1234 on Sun, 02/04/2017 - 11:26

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Hi! Why the correct answer in Task 3, is '' I'm good at this, aren't I?''

Submitted by Kirk on Sun, 02/04/2017 - 17:27

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Hello anastacia1234,

'aren't I' is the correct question tag for 'I am'. Does that make sense now?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Akbar Safi on Sat, 01/04/2017 - 11:21

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Hi teachers! Is it necessary to use the contracted or short forms? Second question is that in 'aren't', the 'r' is pronounced or muted?

Hello Akbar Safi,

Contracted forms tend to be used in informal situations. They're never required, but if you were speaking with close friends, it would be unusual to use contracted forms -- if you did use them, it could be, for example, to emphasise a point. 

The pronunciation of words depends a lot on the accent of the speaker. There are certainly some who would pronounce it with a muted 'r'. You can hear a general British and general American pronunciation in the Cambridge Dictionary's entry for 'aren't'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by hesham1980 on Wed, 22/03/2017 - 12:37

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Real good learing here with British Council

Submitted by iman1800 on Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:29

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Your teaching english manner is very good for me, isn't it?

Submitted by Elisa Nur Halimah on Sat, 04/02/2017 - 04:21

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hy peter.. i'm good at this, aren't I? why does it use that? why not "I'm good at english, am I not?

Hi Elisa Nur Halimah,

This is a use which has, we think, come about for reasons of ease of use. The pronunication of 'aren't I' is easier than what any variant with 'am' and so it has become the accepted form. If you do not contract it then you use 'am', so the two possible forms are:

I'm good at this, aren't I?

and

I'm good at this, am I not?

The second of these is very formal and sounds old-fashioned, so is rarely used.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Gold Chinder on Wed, 11/01/2017 - 06:36

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i'm learning too easy this, aren't i? learn english here is very funny, isn't it? do u like my comment, don't u?