(1) A term used in grammatical description to refer to a question structure (a tag question) usually consisting of an auxiliary verb plus pronoun, attached to the end of a statement in order to convey a negative or positive orientation. It may be invariable, as in French n’est-ce pas, German nicht wahr, or variable, as in English. In all cases, the intonation in which the tag is uttered determines its function – the contrast between ‘asking’ and ‘telling’. In English, in addition to this, the polarity of the tag is usually the reverse of that found in the main clause: a positive clause takes a negative tag, and vice versa. Sometimes, two positive clauses are found, and, very rarely, two negatives. Some grammars also recognize tag statements (e.g. That was a lovely drink, that was.).

(2) A grammatical label attached to a word in a computer corpus to indicate its class, in a procedure known as tagging. Tags may be added manually or automatically (the latter at present with varying degrees of success).


1)语法描写用来指一类疑问结构,即疑问尾句(tag question),一般有一个助动词加一个代名词组成,附接在一个陈叙的结尾,用来传递一种否定或肯定意向。疑问尾句可以是固定不变的,如法语n’est-ce pas “是不是”和德语nicht wahr “是不是”,也可以是可变的,如英语。所有的疑问尾句,说出时的语调决定其功能,即“提问”和“告诉”的对立。英语中除了语调,尾句的极性对立通常与主要小句的相反:肯定小句带否定尾句,否定小句带肯定尾句。有时也见到前后两个小句都是肯定式,偶尔见到两个都用否定式的。有的语法还承认一种陈叙尾句,例如That was a lovely drink, that was.“那杯酒真不错,是的。”