Question Tags


Operatives: is, are, am, was, were, do, does, did, has, have, hadSupports: will, would, shall, should, can, could, may, might, need, dare, must,

ought to, used to

The operatives and support are very important in grammar. Underline the operatives and supports in the following list.

go is come see are take am was sit for were out has from far have had will drop would we shall down should saw can same cut could push may went might two go read need row dare aim must on ought to in used to

In English, sentences usually begin with a subject. Sometimes it is one word; sometimes it is a group of words. The subject is what the rest of the sentence is all about.

My father is an accountant in the city office. He is always very busy. We once visited him there. It is a big office. You can see the sea from the second floor. Many people work for him. Do you know any of them?

The subjects are in bold letters.

What are the operatives and supports that you can find in these sentences?


Do you see an operative used before the subject in any of the sentences?


In most English sentences, the subject comes first.

They are going home.

However, in questions, the subjects will come only after the operatives or supports.

Are they going home?

Do you know this?

When there is a question word like ‘what’ or ‘where’, the subject will come after the operative or the support.

Where are they going?

What do you know?

Fill in the blanks.

My father works in the city office. Where ______________________ ?
He is always busy. ____ he always __________?
We once visited him there. ______ you ever _______ him there?
You can see the sea from there. Can___________________________?
Sixteen people work for him. _______________________________?
It is a big office. _______________________?

Frame questions to get the underlined words as answers:

  1. The volleyball players are going to Sudan.

______________________________________________________________ ?

  1. Rajesh is using a vacuum cleaner to clean the room.

______________________________________________________________ ?

  1. Smitha is absent because she has gone for a party.

______________________________________________________________ ?

  1. They were going to see the movie ‘Spiderman-3’.


  1. We traveled by bus.


Correct the following sentences:

  1. When he will come?
  2. Sir, I tell the answer?
  3. What text we take?
  4. We are going there?
  5. Why you are coming late?
  6. Sir, I can drink water?
  7. What you told?

Question Tags

They are coming for the party, aren’t they?

If the sentence is positive the question tag will be negative.

Add question tags to the following sentences:

  1. They are coming to the party,
  2. Harold was a strange fellow,
  3. He played well till the end,
  4. She has many good friends,
  5. Mary will help you cook,
  6. People come here very often,
  7. He carried it home,
  8. They owned a nice house,
  9. He is a smart fellow,
  10. He shows some interest now,

Sreekumar.K/English/Basic Grammar/3.0

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