Question tags are short questions which appear at the end of a sentence. They are used to confirm information or when we want to keep the flow of a conversation. Depending on the intonation given, the meaning of a tag question (the whole sentence that contains the question tag) may change. If it has a rising intonation, then the question tag is a real question. Otherwise, if said with falling intonation, it sounds more like a statement for which no answer is actually required.
1) How do we form question tags? Watch this video.
2) Let’s review some advanced features of question tags here and here.
3) Time to practice!
4) Translate the following sentences into english:
a) No te olvides, ¿vale?
b) Ponte una camiseta decente, ¿de acuerdo? De otro modo no te dejarán entrar.
c) Todavía no lo has enviado, ¿verdad?
d) Alguien quería coger mi coche prestado, ¿no?
e) Llego tarde a la conferencia, ¿no es cierto?
5) Don’t forget to practice with your language exchange. Use sentences and expressions like those you have just learnt. Remember: Make sentences and repeat them aloud.
6) Now let's learn some vocabulary with The Economist. Choose 15 words you don't know from the following text, find their meaning, and make 5 sentences with each. Then, check on the internet if there are similar sentences on native speakers' sites.
7) Listen and read this story. You should learn all the vocabulary and practice pronunciation.
8) Finally, write a short paragraph (about 140 words) using as many question tags as you can. Remember: Check your sentences by comparing them to native speakers' sentences on the internet.
If you have done all the exercises, then you've scored a 10! Good job!
Key to exercise 4:
a) Don’t forget, will you?
b) Put a decent shirt on, will you? Otherwise they won’t let you in.
c) You haven't sent it yet, have you?
d) Somebody wanted to borrow my car, didn’t they?
e) I’m late for the conference, aren’t I? Imprimir