Question tags are an important way to make statements seem less direct when speaking English. Consider the difference in the following two sentences:
Is he Mexican?
He’s Mexican, isn’t he?
It’s very common to ask questions in this way, when speaking English. It allows us to show our understanding of a situation before asking a question.
Spanish does the same thing by putting “no?” at the end of a statement. Unfortunately, English is a little more complicated.
As with many things in English, it all depends on the auxilliary verb. Much like with normal questions, we use the necessary auxilliary verb at the end of the sentence to make a question tag. If the main part of the sentence is positive, the question tag will be negative and vice-versa. Consider the following examples:
It’s going to rain, isn’t it?
You speak French, don’t you?
You wouldn’t say no, would you?
Try the game below, made with genuine examples of question tags, to see if you can find the appropriate auxilliary verb.