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Question Tags

How do you turn a statement into a question? With a question tag, of course! Learn how to implement this useful tool into your writing.

By
Mignon Fogarty
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How do you turn a statement into a question? With a question tag, of course!

A question tag isn't a piece of paper you hang around a statement's neck or stick on its lapel, it's a little add-on question at the end of a statement. Question tags can make a huge difference in the tone and meaning of a sentence:

  • You remembered my birthday! (Statement. Happy.)

  • You remembered my birthday, right? (Question. Hesitant or accusing.)

  • He wouldn't forget my birthday. (Statement. Confident.)

  • He wouldn’t forget my birthday, would he? (Question. Uncertain.)

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About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

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