Rules of Question Tag in English Grammar for SSC CGL 2022 Exam

By Ashwini Shivhare|Updated : February 16th, 2022

Study Notes on Rules of Question Tags in English Grammar: Question tag is a very important topic asked frequently in all SSC exams under the English Section. In the SSC exams, English language sentence structure holds great weightage, so it is critical to study and practice it as much as possible. SSC has released the SSC Exam Calendar 2022 mentioning exam dates of all SSC Exams 2022 including SSC CGL 2022, SSC CHSL 2022, SSC MTS 2022, GD Constable 2022, etc

Question tag rules are a significant topic of the SSC CGL English syllabus. In the SSC CGL exam, around 1 - 2 questions are asked in SSC CGL Tier 1 exam based on the question tag. In SSC CGL Tier 2, question weightage increases to 4 - 5 questions.  SSC question tag rules may be easy for some of you while difficult for others. So, let us make it easy for all of you through these rules of question tag in English grammar which will make these questions very easy for you to answer. There are some rules from where questions are quite frequently asked.

In this blog, we have compiled all the important rules with their examples to help you with your preparation. We hope the post will be helpful for the upcoming SSC CGL 2022 and other SSC Exam 2022. 

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Rules of Question Tags in English Grammar

What Are Question Tags?

Tag questions (also known as question tags) convert a statement into a question. They are frequently employed to verify information that we believe to be correct.

Tag questions are formed by combining an auxiliary verb (such as be or have) and a subject pronoun (for example: I, you, she). Negative question tags are often contracted as follows: Isn't it warm today (not 'isn't it)?

If the main clause is positive, the question tag is usually negative, and if the main clause is negative, the question tag is positive.

Basic Points To Remember

  1. The sentence and the question tag must be in the same tense.
  2. For the negative question tag, use the Contracted form of 'helping verb' and 'not'. E.g. didn't, hadn't, won't, etc.
  3. If the Sentence is positive, the question tag must be negative and vice versa.
  4. Always use pronouns in the question tag.

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Rule-1: Some words are negative in meaning. E.g. hardly, seldom, scarcely, rarely, barely, etc. Hence they will take positive question tags after them.

  • E.g.- He hardly does any work, does he?
  • He found barely anything to eat, did he?
  • He is seldom absent, is he?

Rule-2: If a sentence starts with "There", the question tag will have "there" in the place of pronoun.

  • E.g.- There is no water, is there?
  • There were no good schools in the town, were there?

Rule-3: The question tag is always made in accordance with the main part of the sentence.

  • E.g.- I think, he is right, isn't he? (Here 'I think' is not important and hence it is not the main part of the sentence".

Rule- 4: There is no contracted form of 'am not' but 'aren't' is used in the question tag.

  • E.g.- I am fine, aren't I?

Rule-5: Each, every, everyone, everybody, no one, nobody, none are singular and hence will take singular verb/ singular pronoun/ singular adjective with them but their question tag will take plural verb and plural pronoun.

  • E.g.- Everyone has come, hasn't he ( Incorrect)
  • Everyone has come, haven't they (correct)
  • None of your friends like her, do they
  • Everyone can speak English, can't they?

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Rule-6: If the sentence starts with "let us/ let's ", " shall we" is used in the question.

  • E.g.- Let us go to a party tonight, shall we?

Rule-7: In Imperative sentences, the question tag 'won't you' is used.

  • E.g.- come in, won't you?

Rule-8: Collective noun takes a singular verb and singular pronoun in the question tag.

  • E.g.- The jury has taken its decision, hasn't it?

Rule-9: If we talk about the individual members of the collective noun or if there is a difference in opinion among the members of the collective noun, plural verb and plural pronouns are used.

  • E.g.- The comm. are divided in their opinion, aren't they?
  • The audience has taken their seats, haven't they?

Rule-10: If in an imperative sentence, somebody is being offered anything, or if someone is being asked to do something, "will you/ would you" is used in the question tag.

  • E.g.- Open the door, would you?
  • Have some more tea, would you?

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We hope that the post would have cleared all your doubts related to the topic.
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FAQs

  • In the SSC CGL exam, around 1 - 2 questions are asked in SSC CGL Tier 1 exam based on the question tag. In SSC CGL Tier 2, question weightage increases to 4 - 5 questions.

  • In the SSC MTS exam English language sentence structure holds great weightage, so it is critical to study and practice it as much as possible.

  • Candidates must adapt daily reading habits, learn new words and memorise and practice rules of English grammar in order to improve scores of English in the SSC CGL Exam 2022.

  • In SSC CGL Tier 2, English language paper carries 200 marks.

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