Snowdon Scene 1 - Language Focus

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

Instructions

Watch the video and then do the tasks. 

Task 1

Language Task

Complete the sentence with the right question tag.

Exercise

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

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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
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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