Also called tag. a short interrogative structure appended to a statement or command, as isn't it in It's raining, isn't it?, are you in You're not going, are you?, or German nicht wahr.
a question formed by appending such a structure to a declarative sentence or command, often inviting confirmation or assent, as She lives nearby, doesn't she? or Sit down, won't you?
Direct Questions vs. Reported DialogueA direct question is when you ask a question by speaking directly (e.g. “How are you doing today?”). Reported dialogue is when you report what someone else says (e.g. “Joan asked how you’re doing today.”). Reported dialogue usually uses the third person point of view. Direct Questions Direct questions usually include interrogative pronouns or adverbs. Interrogative pronouns and adverbs include words like as who, what, …
Origin of tag question
First recorded in 1960–65
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