Session 3

Have you ever had a job interview that went really badly? What could happen in the worst interview ever? In this session, you'll hear an interview based on a true story. You'll also have a chance to explore the pronunciation and form of question tags.

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Activity 2

Spotting the wrong question tags

Can you correct the mistakes?

We've seen and heard a few question tags in the job interview between Mark and Simon. Here are five question tags for you to listen to again, but three of them are wrong. Listen to the recording and see if you can spot them.

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This isn't really relevant, can't we?

This isn't going to affect my interview, is it?

I know you, do you?

You were on the Northern Line this morning, don't I?

We haven't met before, have we?

So questions two and five were correct. One, three and four were all the wrong question tags.

To do

Can you choose the correct question tags? Try out this activity. If you need some help, check out the session grammar box.

Find the correct question tags

5 Questions

Listen to the audio on this activity page. Then try to choose the correct question tag forms for each of these questions.

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End of Session 3

That's it for this session! We hope you found the terrible job interview story interesting and learnt a little about the intonation of question tags! Join us in Session 4 - we have some top tips for you to have a great job interview!

Session Grammar

  • Question tags turn a statement into a question by adding a 'tag' at the end.

    The tag is a short 'yes/no' question.

    In the simplest form, when the statement is positive, the question tag is negative. When the statement is negative, the question tag is positive.

    The meeting is at three o'clock, isn't it?
    You haven't prepared properly, have you?

    The subject pronoun in the statement and the question tag is the same:

    You haven't prepared, have you?
    This programme is really good, isn't it?
    The boss is really nice, isn't she?

    The verb in the statement and the question tag match if there is an auxiliary verb (like have in the present perfect, be in continuous forms, or modal verbs like can and would).

    We can make this happen, can't we?
    You haven't met the new secretary, have you?
    The boss isn't coming to this meeting, is she?

    If the statement only has a main verb in positive or negative forms, we make the question tag with dodon'tdoes or doesn't.

    We know the answer, don't we?
    He works for that other company, doesn't he?
    The boss doesn't like too many spreadsheets, does she?