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Use Question Tags

In this worksheet, students will be asked to understand and use question tags at the end of a sentence.

'Use Question Tags' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar Awareness (learn the grammar of Y5 and 6)

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In this activity, you will learn what question tags are and how to use them appropriately.

 

Question tags are the short questions that we put at the end of a sentence.

Question tags are often used in spoken English.

 

A question tag can often encourage a short answer, maybe just 'yes or 'no'.

We can think of a question tag as a 'reply' question.

 

The basic structure of the question tag is:

The given sentence + comma (,) + Auxiliary verb + Pronoun + ?

He did not win the race. (Statement)

He did not win the race, did he?

 

Example 1:

She's got a cat, hasn't she?

The question tag has been emboldened in blue.

 

Example 2:

He did not win the prize, did he?

Again, the question tag has been emboldened in blue.

Can you match the beginning of each sentence to the appropriate question tag?

Column A

Column B

That's my bag,
can you?
You can't hop,
does he?
She lives in Birmingham,
doesn't she?
John doesn't like spaghetti,
isn't it?

Can you match the beginning of each sentence to the appropriate question tag?

Column A

Column B

Peter doesn't like cabbage,
does he?
You weren't there very long,
isn't it?
That's my hat,
were you?
You don't know the way,
do you?

Can you match the beginning of each sentence to the appropriate question tag?

Column A

Column B

He likes to collect stickers,
will you?
You won't be home until 5 o'clock,
doesn't he?
They haven't lived there very long,
have they?
We hadn't eaten for hours,
had we?

Read the sentence carefully and decide whether the question tag is in the correct form.

 

We had an amazing holiday in France, didn't we?

Correct

Incorrect

Read the sentence carefully and decide whether the question tag is in the correct form.

 

You don't know if Freddy lives in Warwick, does he?

Correct

Incorrect

Read the sentence carefully and decide whether the question tag is in the correct form.

 

It's really annoying when dogs bark loudly, don't they?

Correct

Incorrect

Read the sentence below carefully and then choose which option best fits to complete it.

 

I really like playing football, but you don't like it...

 

 

don't you?

can you?

can't I?

do you?

Read the sentence below carefully and then choose which option best fits to complete it.

 

Trying new hobbies is exciting, but it can also be quite nerve-wracking.

 

 

isn't it?

is he?

can't it?

can it?

Read the sentence below and then type the auxiliary verb into the box.

 

He did not win the quiz, did he?

Read the sentence below and then type the auxiliary verb into the box.

 

You are the new teacher, aren't you?

  • Question 1

Can you match the beginning of each sentence to the appropriate question tag?

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

That's my bag,
isn't it?
You can't hop,
can you?
She lives in Birmingham,
doesn't she?
John doesn't like spaghetti,
does he?
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find the first question? A question tag comes after a statement and a comma. The correctly matched sentences are: That's my bag, isn't it? You can't hop, can you? She lives in Birmingham, doesn't she? John doesn't like spaghetti, does he?
  • Question 2

Can you match the beginning of each sentence to the appropriate question tag?

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Peter doesn't like cabbage,
does he?
You weren't there very long,
were you?
That's my hat,
isn't it?
You don't know the way,
do you?
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find the first question? A question tag comes after a statement and a comma. The correctly matched sentences are: Peter doesn't like cabbage, does he? You weren't there very long, were you? That's my hat, isn't it? You don't know the way, do you?
  • Question 3

Can you match the beginning of each sentence to the appropriate question tag?

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

He likes to collect stickers,
doesn't he?
You won't be home until 5 o'clock...
will you?
They haven't lived there very lon...
have they?
We hadn't eaten for hours,
had we?
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find the first question? A question tag comes after a statement and a comma. The correctly matched sentences are: He likes to collect stickers, doesn't he? You won't be home until 5 o'clock, will you? They haven't lived there very long, have they? We hadn't eaten for hours, had we?
  • Question 4

Read the sentence carefully and decide whether the question tag is in the correct form.

 

We had an amazing holiday in France, didn't we?

CORRECT ANSWER
Correct
EDDIE SAYS
So, this question was correct. The subject and the auxiliary verb are both correct.
  • Question 5

Read the sentence carefully and decide whether the question tag is in the correct form.

 

You don't know if Freddy lives in Warwick, does he?

CORRECT ANSWER
Incorrect
EDDIE SAYS
This question didn't read quite as well, both the subject and auxiliary verb are incorrect. The correct question tag is 'do you?' Hopefully, this is beginning to make more sense.
  • Question 6

Read the sentence carefully and decide whether the question tag is in the correct form.

 

It's really annoying when dogs bark loudly, don't they?

CORRECT ANSWER
Incorrect
EDDIE SAYS
This sentence is incorrect, both the subject and the auxiliary verb are incorrect. The correct question tag should be 'isn't it?' Did you spot that?
  • Question 7

Read the sentence below carefully and then choose which option best fits to complete it.

 

I really like playing football, but you don't like it...

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
do you?
EDDIE SAYS
In order for the sentence to have both the correct subject and auxiliary verb, it should read. I really like playing football, but you don't like it, do you? Don't worry if you find these tricky, we'll keep practising together.
  • Question 8

Read the sentence below carefully and then choose which option best fits to complete it.

 

Trying new hobbies is exciting, but it can also be quite nerve-wracking.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
can't it?
EDDIE SAYS
In order for the sentence to have both the correct subject and auxiliary verb, it should read: Trying new hobbies is exciting, but it can also be quite nerve-wracking, can't it?
  • Question 9

Read the sentence below and then type the auxiliary verb into the box.

 

He did not win the quiz, did he?

CORRECT ANSWER
did
EDDIE SAYS
In this sentence, the auxiliary verb is 'did' and forms part of the question tag. 'He did not win the race' is a statement. 'He' is the pronoun and also forms part of the question tag.
  • Question 10

Read the sentence below and then type the auxiliary verb into the box.

 

You are the new teacher, aren't you?

CORRECT ANSWER
aren't
EDDIE SAYS
For this final question, the auxiliary verb is 'aren't' and forms part of the question tag. 'You are the new teacher' is a statement. 'You' is the pronoun and also forms part of the question tag.
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