Rules of tag question


1. Statement যদি হ্যাঁ বোধক হয় তবে Tag Question হবে না বোধক   

  auxiliary verb +n’t+ subject (pronoun)

[always use short form of ‘auxiliary verb’ and ‘not’]                

  You are  a player, aren’t you? 

2. Statement যদি  না বোধক তবে question tag হবে হ্যাঁ বোধক

auxiliary verb + subject (pronoun)


You’re not Spanish, are you?

  1. Question tag এর  subject সর্বদা Pronoun হবে ( I, we, you, he, she, it, they etc. )

Let us go to the lake, shall we?

4.মূল বাক্যে Subject ও Auxiliary verb সংক্ষিপ্ত আকারে অবস্থান করলে Tag question করার আগে সংক্ষিপ্ত আকারের সঠিক রূপটি নিশ্চিত হতে হবে


    He’d go there, wouldn’t he?                                    (He’d =He would)

    He’d gone there, hadn’t he?                                    (He’d= He had)

5. Statement এ Auxuliary verb না থাকলে, tense ও person অনুযায়ী do/does/did ব্যবহার করতে হবে

You live in Spain, don’t you?

He studies regularly to make a good result in the examination, doesn’t he?

He lent you some money, didn’t he?

Important points


  • A special case occurs when the main verb is to be in a simple tense. Here the tag question repeats the main verb, not an auxiliary:

This is a book, isn’t it?

(Not doesn’t it?, as the normal rules for present simple would suggest.)

If the main verb is to have, either solution is possible:

He has a book, hasn’t he?

He has a book, doesn’t he?

  • In the present tense, if the subject is ‘I’, the auxiliary “am+not” changes to ‘aren’t’.
    I’m sitting next to you, aren’t I?

I am the monarch of all I survey, aren’t I?

  •  After let’s/let us, the tag question is ‘shall we

Let’s go to the beach, shall we?

Let’s have a walk, shall we?

Let us do something, shall we?

  • With an imperative, the tag question is ‘will you’.
    Close the window, will you?

Do not tell a lie, will you?

Don’t make a noise, will you?

Never tell a lie, will you?

  1. i)When the sentence is emphasized, we use negative.

Be careful, won’t you?

Go home at once, won’t you?

  1. ii)When someone is invited, we use won’t you.

Sit down, won’t you?

Have it, won’t you?

  • [নিম্নোক্ত word গুলো না বোধক, তাই যে সকল sentence এ নিম্নোক্ত word গুলো থাকবে, তাদের tag questionহবে হাঁ বোধক ]

never , neither, few ,little, bit, hardly, scarcely, barely, rarely, seldom, no sooner, no body,none, no one, nothing, without .
Nobody lives in this house, do they?

He hardly loves her, does he?

She hardly comes here, does she?
You’ve never liked me, have you?

  • subject যখন something, everything, anything অথবা  nothing হয়, tag question-  subjectহিসেবে আমরা  ‘it’ ব্যবহার করি।

Nothing bad happened, did it?

  • Sentence এর subject যখন nobody, none, no one, anyone, someone, somebody, everyone,everybody হয়, tag question এ subject হিসেবে ‘they’ ব্যবহৃত হয়।

Nobody asked for me, did they?

Somebody built this castle, didn’t they?

Everybody respects him, don’t they?

Every mother loves her child, don’t they?

  • বাক্যের subject যখন  জীবজন্তু, বস্তু ও শিশু(animals/things, children), অথবা  thefather/mother/brother/sister etc হয়,  tag question এর subject হিসাবে আমরা
    it/they ব্যবহার করি।

A barking dog seldom bites, does it?

The mother rose in her to see the pathetic scene of a child, didn’t it?

The baby is crying for its mother, isn’t it?

  • Sentence এর শুরুতে here, thereit, one থাকলে, tag question এও আমরা here, there, it, one ব্যবহার করি।

It’s a beautiful day, isn’t it?

There is nothing to worry about, is there?

  • used to থাকলে didn’t ব্যবহার হয়।

You used to work here, didn’t you?

  • If auxiliary verbs have/has/had to are in statement, we use do/does/did in the tag.

Have/has/had are also possible.

They have to do it, don’t/haven’t they?

We had to do it, didn’t we?

  • With had better / had rather, we use hadn’t in the tag question.

You had better stay here, hadn’t you?

  • In the tag question, we can use should instead of ought to.

Students ought to study properly, shouldn’t they?

  • statement এর subject হিসেবে This/That ব্যবহৃত হলে সে ক্ষেত্রে Tag question এর subject হিসেবে it ব্যবহৃত হয় ,আবার statement এর subject হিসেবে These/Those ব্যবহৃত হলে সে ক্ষেত্রে Tag question এর subject হিসেবে they

This is a book, isn’t it?                                         These are my books, aren’t they?


  • If the sentence is complex, we have to make the tag question according to the main clause.

If it rains, I will not come, will I?

He told me that you were not a t home, didn’t he?

He says that time is money, doesn’t he?

  • একাধিক সাহায্যকারী verb থাকলে, tag question -এ প্রথমটি ব্যবহৃত হয়

The book has been written by Sumon, hasn’t it?

You should have done this earlier, shouldn’t you?

  • We can use positive question tags after positive sentences to express a reaction such as surprise or interest.

You’re moving to Brazil, are you?