Kerala PSC General English Grammar - Question Tags

Question Tags
'Question Tag' questions are familiar for all candidates, Kerala PSC conducted examinations must have one question from 'Tag Question'. So every one definitely studies this simple English grammar. It is very easy to understand and quickly study all the rules within this lesson. I divide this lesson into different chapters because basic knowledge is very important.

Chapter #1
Must study the basic English knowledge like model auxiliary verbs, pronouns and negative words for question tag.
If everyone wants to study English grammar, please study the basic knowledge of English grammar very well, unless no one can continue for further grammars. So the below-given materials study well and repeat to read for the best result.
English grammar basic study
Auxiliary Verbs/Helping Verbs/Special Verbs
Total 24 Auxiliary verbs in English and they divided into two categories. They are Primary auxiliary verbs and modal auxiliary verbs.
Primary Auxiliary Verbs (11 Nos.)
Is, am, are, was, were, has, have, had, do, does, did.
Modal Auxiliary Verbs (13 Nos.)
Will, would, shall, should, can, could, may, might, must, need, dare, used to, ought to.
I, We, You, He, She, It, They.
Negative Words
No, Not, Nil, Never, None, None of, Neither...nor, Nobody, Nowhere, Nothing, No one, Hardly, Scarcely, Rarely, Barely, Few, Little, Seldom... etc.

Chapter #2
How to find the answer from 'question tag' questions?
1. First, find the auxiliary verb from the sentence.

2. If there is no auxiliary verb in the sentence, take it from the main verb. Example: if the verb is 'Dances', 'does' is the auxiliary verb.

Verb Form
go do
goes does
went V2
gone V3
going ing

3. If the sentence is positive(No negative word)add 'not' to the auxiliary verb (example: was+not=wasn't), If negative(Any negative word is present in the sentence it will be treated as a negative sentence, otherwise it is a positive sentence) does not add 'not'.

4. Next, find the subjective pronoun from the given sentence and add after the auxiliary verb (Eg: isn't he?)

Subject Pronoun
Male he
Female she
Two or more persons they
object/thing it
you you
we we

5. Add a question mark (?). Done!

Chapter #3
Question Tag Workout Questions
  1. Nisha was my friend, wasn't she?
  2. Suresh has a pet dog, hasn't he?
  3. Raju and Smitha were not friends, were they?
  4. My mobile is very useful to me, isn't it?
  5. You can help me, can't you?
  6. He must have a dictionary, mustn't he?
Chapter #4 - Rules

Rule - 1: 
[am + not = aren't]
[will + not = won't]
[Shall + not = shan't]

  1. I am a candidate, aren't I?
  2. She will come today, won't she?
  3. I shall pass, shan't I?

Rule - 2
For a sentence begins with 'Let's' / 'Let us' give the tag "Shall we?"
Let's sit here, shall we?

Rule - 3
If the imperative sentence ( a sentence that begins with a verb) showing emergency action give the tag 'won't you?', otherwise (no emergency) give 'will you?'
  1. Save the life of the child, won't you?
  2. Study well, will you?

Rule - 4
For a sentence that mentions an impatience, give the tag 'can't you?'
Don't insult me, can't you?

Rule - 5
A sentence's subject - pronoun conversion table is given below,
Subject/Begin with Pronoun
no one they
nobody they
someone they
somebody they
everyone they
everybody they
anyone they
anybody they
neither they
none they
Some of you you
none of you you
Some of them they
none of them they
Some of us we
none of us we
This it
That it
You+I We
One One
There There

  1. Nobody will help you, will you?
  2. This cow is very precious, isn't it?
  3. You and I are friends, aren't we?

Rule - 6
If the auxiliary verb is 'used to', instead of taking 'did' as the auxiliary verb.
Rahul used to come here regularly, didn't he?

Rule - 7
If the auxiliary verb is singular and the pronoun is plural in a tag, change the auxiliary verb into plural also.
  1. Everybody is there, aren't they?
  2. Nobody was there, were they?
Any doubts in this lesson? don't worry, I will definitely help. Please post your questions below comment section.


  1. I have a doubt. for the statement
    suresh has a pet dog. the question tag is 'hasn't he? or doesn't he?'

  2. I have a doubt in the eg of 4th rule,
    ie,Don't insult me,Cant you?
    here don't as well as can't are negative words know?
    do we wanted to add a positive tag to a negative sentence?



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Kerala PSC Question Tag English Grammar Lessons and workout previous Answer with Examples
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