There are some things that are similar in most languages, and the ability to make suggestions or ask questions in a certain way so as to keep the conversation moving on is similar in many languages.
In English one way of keeping the conversation moving on is through the use of questions tags.
There are a few simple rules for question tags and once you know them and get to practice them a few times you will find them useful for keeping your English language conversations moving on!
Make a statement
A positive statement = a negative question tag
A negative statement = a positive question tag
Repeat the auxiliary verb in the tag.
Positive Statement “It is a nice day”
Positive Statement with negative question tag “It is a nice day, isn’t it”
Negative Statement “You can’t speak Russian”
Negative Statement with positive question tag “You can’t speak Russian, can you?”
When you speak using question tags remember the intonation.
If you use a rising intonation in your question tag (not the statement) it means you are asking for confirmation.
If you use a falling intonation in your question tag (not the statement) it means you are just making conversation.
Of course if English is your second language the best way to improve it is by speaking with a native speaker.
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Text: Feargal Coffey 19th August 2016
Photo: Questions? By Valerie Everett via flickr https://goo.gl/6F2PFJ
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