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Question Tags with "Do"
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Today we are going to look at question tags with the auxiliary verb “to do” in English. Remember that we use question tags in English when we want confirmation that something we believe is correct is indeed correct.

If the first part of the sentence is in the present simple affirmative, it is nearly always followed by a negative question tag using “don’t” or “doesn’t”. Exceptions are the verb “to be” and modal verbs.

Look at some examples:

- You like John, don’t you?
- Yes, I do.

- We leave for Paris on Monday, don’t we?
- No, we don’t. We leave for Paris on Tuesday!

- She likes pasta, doesn’t she?
- I think so!

A negative statement is followed by an affirmative “question tag” with the auxiliary verbs “do” or “does”.

For example:

- They don’t have many friends in their new school, do they?
- No they don’t, but I’m sure they will soon meet people.

- Mike doesn’t have much work left, does he?
- No, he has nearly finished.

- You play the guitar, don’t you?
- Yes, I do. I also play the piano.

When a statement contains a word with a negative meaning, the question tag needs to be positive.

For example:

- She hardly ever speaks to him, does she?

- They rarely eat out, do they?

There you go! I hope this has been helpful for you. Remember that for more information on this topic, you can refer to Unit 24 of the online ABA course.

See you next week!

All the best,

Graham Weeks

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