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Subordinate Clauses as Tag Questions
Based on Heidi by Johanna Spyri

     In speaking, we sometimes add a clause to the end of a sentence to make it a question. For example,

They weren't late for the party, were they?

The "were they?" makes the main part of the sentence a question. Linguists call these "tag questions," "sentence tags," or just "tags." You might want to remember that, but in KISS we consider them to be subordinate clauses that function as interjections. (You’ll find that not all tags are questions.)

1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase. 
2. Underline verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements (“PA,” “PN,” “IO,” or “DO”). 
3. Place brackets [ ] around each subordinate clause. If the clause functions as a noun, label its function. If it functions as an adjective or adverb, draw an arrow from the opening bracket to the word that the clause modifies. If the clause functions as a tag, label it "tag" or "Inj."
4. Place a vertical line after each main clause.

1. "Don't let her get cold, do you hear?"

2. "She must come to school next winter; remember that."

3. You can hear the fir-trees roar here, can't you?

4. You tried very hard to conceal it, did you not?

5. "You would like to know, wouldn't you, Heidi?"

6. I want the goats to give me splendid milk, remember.

7. "You can find a way for her to stay, grandfather, can't you?"

8. "You are not afraid, I hope?" said the doctor, getting up.

9. "No. Please send them to Clara; she will like them, I am sure."

10. "If we hope for an improvement in her condition, we must be 

extremely cautious and careful, remember that!"