Have you? / Are you? / Don`t you?

Unit 38. Have you? / Are you? / Don`t you? etc.

  • In conversation, you can say have you? / is it? / can`t he? etc. to show that you are interested or surprised. You can use these verbs in this way:

am/is/are   was/were   have/has   do/does/did   can   will.
- ‘ You`re late.’   ‘Oh, am I? I`m sorry.’
- ‘ I was ill last week.’   ‘ Were you? I didn`t know that.’
- ‘ It`s raining again.’   ‘ Is it? It was sunny five minutes ago.’
- ‘ Bill can`t drive.’   ‘ Can`t he? I didn`t know that.’
- ‘ I`m not hungry.’   ‘ Aren`t you? I am.’
- ‘ Sue isn`t at work today.’   ‘ Isn`t she? Is she ill?’
Use do/does for the Present Simple, did for the Past Simple:
- ‘ I speak four languages.’   ‘ Do you? Which ones?’
- ‘ Tom doesn`t eat meat.’   ‘ Doesn`t he? Does he eat fish?’
- ‘ Linda got married last week.’   ‘ Did she? Really?’

  • Question tags

You can use ... have you? /... is it? / ... can`t she? etc. at the end of a sentence. These ‘endings’ are question tags (= mini-questions).
A positive sentence → a negative question tag
A negative sentence → a positive question tag

Unit 38. Have you? / Are you? / Don`t you? etc.

positive → negative

It`s a beautiful day, isn`t it?
She lives in London, doesn`t she?
You closed the window, didn`t you?
Those shoes are nice, aren`t they?
Tom will be at home tomorrow, won`t he?


Yes, it`s lovely.
Yes, that`s right.
Yes, I think so.
Yes, very nice.
Yes, I think so.

negative → positive

That isn`t your car, is it?
You don`t smoke, do you?
You haven`t met my mother, have you?
You won`t be late, will you?


No, my car is white.
No, never.
No, I haven`t.
No, don`t worry.