Tag questions and loan words
Happy Friday-nearly the weekend!!
Today I want to highlight a grammar point called ‘tag questions’. Here is an example of a tag question that you used in your last blog
‘Here in Brazil the Friday 13th is another superstition, I think this is global, don’t I?’
Did you mean to ask the question about whether Friday 13th is a global bad luck day (which makes sense and I could answer ‘yes, it is’) or ask a kind of rhetorical question whether you think it’s a bad day or not?
The question that I think you wanted to write was:
‘Here in Brazil, Friday the 13th is another superstition, I think this is global isn’t it?
In question tags we usually use an auxiliary verb (have/was/will etc), ‘It was an interesting blog, wasn’t it?’
Do/does/did is used for the present and past simple, ‘Yanko studies English, doesn’t he?’
Normally, we use a negative question tag after positive sentences (1) and a positive tag after a negative sentence (2)
(1) Tanya will pass her exam, won’t she?
(2) You don’t live in a cottage, do you?
I was looking up some information on Portuguese as I wanted to see what loan words we have in English from your language Yanko (apart from ‘samba’!) Due to my internet connection, I couldn’t access any of the sites that came up after I googled so I thought that I would ask you to tell me some loan words instead. Can you write a few words from your language that are now used in English in your next blog? I know that the English language is a thief because it borrows so many words from other languages. It’s claimed, for example, that there are as many as 10,000 Spanish loan words alone.
I also didn’t realize that Portuguese is the fifth most popular language in the world and spoken by over 190 million native speakers in 8 independent countries. Macao, in China, is a former Portuguese commercial outpost, I’ve never been there but I wonder if the language is spoken there now or not. I have heard from friends that Portuguese cuisine has heavily influenced the region though.
Today, I'll leave you all with a photo that sends us all a very important message- TAKE LIFE EASY!!!!!
My pizza delivery just arrived-bye bye for today!
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