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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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The only serial in which no tag question appears is Star trek, which is also the only one without any right dislocation: the episode analyzed in the corpus is characterized by a very slow rhythm and by a language sounding quite unnatural.
As argued in Krug (1998), innit has resulted from a process of lexicalisation (Traugott 1994): the invariable tag question isn't it has become monomorphemic and opaque, and is, therefore, no longer divisible into the three lexical items that it comprises, namely the third person singular present form is, the negative marker not and the third person singular neuter subject pronoun it.
The ad was embedded in a marketing email with the tag question, "What's going on here?
Students could look for different types of tag question and at the ways in which different tags are used.
When the tag question has a rising tone, it shows that speaker is not quite convinced of the statement, and he needs the comment of the hearer on the state of the fact.
See also Cassel & Bjorklund, supra note 132 (first question was a tag question suggesting the correct answer ("positive leading"), whereas the second question was a tag question suggesting an incorrect answer ("negative leading")).
The combination of a tag question and a request for cooperation probably won't work.
It is no longer the English full of Americanisms that we read in books copyrighted in New York, the stilted dialogues of farmers complete with tag questions.
As a result, female executors use more tag questions than male executors in their speech.