Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: question tag

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Romanian
      • Home Country:
      • Romania
      • Current Location:
      • Romania

    • Join Date: Aug 2006
    • Posts: 1,885
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    question tag

    Hi teachers

    Please help me understand what is the correct question tag of the following sentence:

    I don`t think anyone will come, do I ?[ is this correct?] .Or, should I refer to the second sentence "anyone will come" [ do they?]


    Thank you very much in advance

    Regards,

    Teia

  1. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 15,854
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: question tag

    You need to be aware of two very different systems of tag questions. I can only speak for the British system.

    Do I? would sound aggressive and rude in your example: I don`t think anyone will come, do I ? suggests You don't honestly think I'd do anything so stupid?. So you're right in thinking you need to tag the 2nd sentence. But the tag is will they.

    b

  2. Harry Smith's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Armenian
      • Home Country:
      • Armenia
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Aug 2006
    • Posts: 2,926
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: question tag

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi teachers

    Please help me understand what is the correct question tag of the following sentence:

    I don`t think anyone will come, do I ?[ is this correct?] .Or, should I refer to the second sentence "anyone will come" [ do they?]


    Thank you very much in advance

    Regards,

    Teia
    The first is correct.

  3. rewboss's Avatar

    • Join Date: Feb 2006
    • Posts: 1,553
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: question tag

    The first is correct only if the speaker is seeking confirmation on the fact that he or she doesn't think. That's unlikely, unless the speaker is being sarcastic (as BobK suggested).

    What the speaker is most likely seeking confirmation on is "anyone will come". The auxiliary verb in that sentence is "will", so that's the verb you need to use in the question tag.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Romanian
      • Home Country:
      • Romania
      • Current Location:
      • Romania

    • Join Date: Aug 2006
    • Posts: 1,885
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: question tag

    I would like to thank very much to all those who helped me understand the way I should consider question tags, mostly when the sentences are compound ones.


    Thank you again
    Best regards
    Teia

Similar Threads

  1. Question about answer, reply,take care ...
    By JJD in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 25-Aug-2006, 04:24
  2. Types of question
    By Jupiter in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 15-Jul-2006, 12:33
  3. Answering a question with a question
    By Sarah Shaw-Gray in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 28-Jan-2006, 14:33

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •