ECHO QUESTIONS (LOW B2)
THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE TWITTERED ABOUT SOME TIME AGO AFTER THE CASE OF THE “HANDED OUT ENVELOPES WITH CASH TO PP PARTY OFFICIALS”.
A: “Corruption is up to all of us”
B: “Is it?”
BUT THE SITUATION DOESN´T SEEM TO HAVE CHANGED A LOT IF YOU READ THE NEWS ABOUT THE TREASURER OF CATALAN CDC ARRESTED TODAY IN CORRUPTION PROBE.
THE LANGUAGE USED IS AN ECHO QUESTION, WHICH IS NOT EXACTLY THE SAME AS A QUESTION TAG. HOW WOULD YOU TRANSLATE IT INTO SPANISH?
Subject-auxiliary inversion in echo tags/questions.
Echo tags are said in reaction to an affirmative or negative statement. They are formed in the same way as question tags (with the inversion of the subject and auxiliary), but an affirmative statement is followed by an affirmative tag and a negative statement is followed by a negative tag.
We use echo questions to show interest or surprise. For this purpose, the listener makes a short questions using the auxiliary verb of the stamens the speaker has just said.Question Tags are used in spoken English but not in formal written English. They are not real questions but are a way of asking the other person’s opinion and keep the conversation going.
Rising intonation in the tag can express interest, while falling intonation indifference.
“I’m so hungry!”
“Oh, are you?”
“I’m sorry, I can’t stay any longer.”
“They always have lunch at 12.”
“Do they really?”
“My sister has just passed her driving test.”