tag question

noun

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

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There's something lovely about how the Brits end their sentences with tag questions, isn't there? CBS News, "America and England, separated by a common language," 13 May 2018

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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

noun

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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