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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.

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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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

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

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

Hi!

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

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

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

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