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TAGS

In Spanish, a tag-question is made simply with "..., no?".
In English we say the pronoun and the auxiliar/modal.
In both languages, the tag is usually a short question to the contrary.

spanish: Tienes las llaves, no?
english: You have the keys, don't you?

spanish: Son abogados, no?
english: They are lawyers, aren't they?

spanish: Hemos tenido mucha suerte, no?
english: We've had a lot of luck, haven't we?

an affirmative tag in Spanish (..., si?) or (..., verdad?)
corresponds to ("..., right?") or ("..., correct?") in English.

spanish: Tienes las llaves, si?
english: You have the keys, yes? / You have the keys, right? / You have the keys, correct?

Add a tag question to each of the following statements.
Keep in mind that if the statement is positive, the tag is negative.
If the statement is negative, the tag is positive.

I have your phone number.

I don't have your phone number.

The festival begins next month.

The festival doesn't begin until next month.

Many animals taste like chicken.

Nothing tastes quite like chicken.

The boss is waiting for you in his office.

Ths boss is not waiting for you.

You're pregnant.

You're not pregnant.

The fish need to be fed.

The fish don't need to be fed.

Cell phones can cause brain tumors.

Cell phones can't cause brain tumors.

The water is contaminated.

The water is not contaminated.

That cat strangely resembles Christopher Walken.

That cat does not resemble Christopher Walken.

She's had more than three drinks.

She hasn't had more than three drinks.

You would have told me.

You wouldn't have told me.

 

SHORT ANSWERS

In Spanish, a short answer is made with "Si o No +pronombre objeto +verbo "
In English, we say "Yes or No +subject pronoun +auxiliar or modal
(whether or not the aux/mod was explicit in the original statement).

spanish: -Tienes las llaves, no? -Si, las tengo.
english: You have the keys, don't you? -Yes, I do. (Not "Yes I have.")

spanish: Son abogados, no? -Si, lo son.
english: They're lawyers, aren't they? -Yes, they are.
(anotación: el auxiliar no se contrae con el pronombre en el positivo a no ser que le siga otro verbo despues.)

spanish: Están estudiando para ser abogados, no? -Si, asi es.
english: They are studying to be lawyers, aren't they? -Yes, they are. (Not "Yes they study.")

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spanish: -Tienes las llaves, si? -No, no las tengo.
english: You have the keys, right? -No, I don't (Not "No I haven't.")

spanish: Son abogados, si? -No, no lo son.
english: They're lawyers, correct? -No, they're not .
(anotación: aunque el auxiliar no se contrae con el pronombre en el positivo,
cuando es negativo sí se puede, porque le sigue otra palabra, "not")

spanish: Están estudiando para ser abogados, no? -No, no lo estan haciendo.
english: They are studying to be lawyers, aren't they? -No, they're not . (Not "No they don't.")

 

Add a short answer to each of the following statements. Practicing answering with Yes and No.

Do I have your phone number?

Does the festival begin next month?

Do many animals taste like chicken?

Is the boss waiting for you in his office?

Are you pregnant?

Do the fish need to be fed?

Can cell phones cause brain tumors?

Is the water contaminated?

Does that cat strangely resemble Christopher Walken, or is it just me?

Has she had more than three drinks?

Would you have told me?