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Basically, there are three ways to ask a question in English: with auxiliary verbs, intonation and question tags. Obviously, the first is the form that students usually study, and the second one – intonation – can be tricky for foreigners. That leaves question tags, doesn’t it?
Those dogs should be on a leash, shouldn’t they?
Question tags is one of those lessons that is easier in theory than it is in practice. To form a question tag when the original sentence is in affirmative, the structure is: Verb ‘to be’ or auxiliary verb in negative + the subject of the sentence.
If the original sentence is negative, the structure is: Verb ‘to be’ or auxiliary verb in affirmative + the subject of the sentence
There is only one exception to this rule, which is with ‘I am’:
Keep in mind that a question tag can have a slightly different meaning according to your tone. Compare:
Leash – correa
Rehearsal – ensayo
Canteen – comedor
Movie – película (US)
Cooler – neverita
On duty – de guardia
To keep in mind – Acordarse de, recordar
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