Grammar – Commas and Tag Questions

18 Jun

Hello, sweet folk of the writing world.

Here’s today’s little tidbit (yes, it is the correct, UK spelling of the word – stop sniggering!).

Stopped laughing? Good. Let’s sort something out. Tag questions are those we ‘attach’ to the end of sentences, such as, for example: ‘isn’t it?’

The rule I want you all to remember is that commas are always used after a statement which is followed by a tag question.

Here are a couple of examples:

Lovely weather for sunbathing today, isn’t it?

You’re really proud you remembered that one, aren’t you?

You’ll come and look at next week’s quick grammar post, won’t you?


Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Just A Thought



2 responses to “Grammar – Commas and Tag Questions

  1. Emma

    June 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    My editor told me I suffer from a “comma deficiency”. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. ellamedler

    June 20, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Ha, ha. As an editor, that’s the author I love best! It’s a lot easier to correct missing commas, than to remove six so you can understand what the author meant to say in that sentence. With these little gems I write every Monday, I am really aiming at making my own job easier. If only the authors I edit would read these bite-size pieces of advice… Comma deficiency is preferable, believe me. ๐Ÿ™‚


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