tag question

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tag question

n.
A question used after a statement when seeking or expecting confirmation of that statement, as wasn't he in He was here, wasn't he?

tag′ ques`tion


n.
a short interrogative structure appended to a statement or command, often inviting confirmation or assent, as isn't it in It's raining, isn't it?
[1960–65]
Translations
question-tag
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Both lecturers address the question tags raised by translators after frequent submission of their recommendations during conferences which are either taken into consideration but deferred indefinitely or never taken into consideration.
4) In addition to the ten features noted by Janda, the following were found to be salient in this study: deleted "that" complementizers, reflexives, causals, discourse markers, question tags, process statements, contracted negatives, and negative statements transformed into positives.
For example, the main idea components of talk, such as topics and responses, are more central to note preservation than are small talk, formulaic greetings and closings, timing indications, meta-language such as process statements, question tags, discourse markers, and address forms.