Unit 50. Tag questions (are you? doesn’t he?, etc.)
|You’re not working late, are you? It was a good film, wasn’t it?
Are you? and wasn’t it? are tag questions (= mini-questions that we put on the end of a sentence). In tag questions we use the auxiliary verb (see Unit 49). For the present and past use do/does/did: They came by car, didn’t they?
Normally we use a positive tag question with a negative sentence:
|negative sentence + positive tag
Tom won’t be late, will he?
They don’t like us, do they?
That isn’t George over there, is it?
And normally we use a negative tag question with a positive sentence:
|positive sentence + negative tag
Ann will be here soon, won’t she?
Tom should pass his exam, shouldn’t he?
They were very angry, weren’t they?