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  1. Offroad's Avatar
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    #1

    Tag, you are it!

    Dear teachers...

    Could you please elaborate on the meaning of that expression?

    Many thanks!

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    #2

    Re: Tag, you are it!

    Hello,
    I think it's just the game that kids play.
    One kid is the hunter and the other kids are the preys.
    Once the hunter tags (just touches) a prey, the prey becomes the hunter.
    "Tag, you are it!"

    Maybe I'm completely wrong, though

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    Cheers!

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    #3

    Re: Tag, you are it!

    Absolutely, it comes from the children's game of "tag."

    I use it when we get caught up in a game of "telephone tag" in which we repeatedly leave voicemails for the other person, never catching that person at their desk. After this happens a couple times, instead of saying "Hi, this is Barb, returning your call that returned my call when I left you that message..." I will just say "Hey, it's Barb again. Tag, you're it." And then it's that person's role to try to call me again... etc.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: Tag, you are it!

    In some parts of the world this game is called 'he' - 'You're it' is the same though.

    b

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    #5

    Re: Tag, you are it!

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In some parts of the world this game is called 'he' - 'You're it' is the same though.

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    And when I was at school, it was called "Had". Worked on exactly the same principle though and when you caught someone, you simply tapped them anywhere and said "Had! You're it!"

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    #6

    Re: Tag, you are it!

    When I first heard that expression, given the context, I guessed it meant 'Hey, It's your turn now!

    So, dear friends, Did I guess right?

    Many thanks

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    #7

    Re: Tag, you are it!

    - with a certain sense of relief on the part of the speaker: 'I'm glad I'm not doing it any more'.

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    #8

    Re: Tag, you are it!

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    - with a certain sense of relief on the part of the speaker: 'I'm glad I'm not doing it any more'.

    b
    Exactly!

    Many thanks

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