tag question


Definition of tag question

: a question (such as isn't it in "it's fine, isn't it?") added to a statement or command (as to gain the assent of or challenge the person addressed) also : a sentence ending in a tag question

Examples of tag question in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's something lovely about how the Brits end their sentences with tag questions, isn't there? CBS News, 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of tag question

1933, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tag question was in 1933

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“Tag question.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tag%20question. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tag question

grammar : a brief question (such as "don't you?" in "You know him, don't you?") that comes at the end of a statement usually to ask if the statement is correct


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