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hello grammarians and hello Paige hi David Paige I have a question for you what's up you like cheese don't you why yes I do so Paige what I've just asked you is an example of what's called a tag question so I'm making an assertion and then I'm actually looking for confirmation so I'm sort of I'm making a statement and then consumed by doubt I have to turn , and ask you for confirmation so I say you like cheese , don't you and so what's what's cool about tag questions is that they kind of follow this positive negative flow so it begins with a positive assertion like here is a thing that is true and then the doubt so you then negate it to ask the question right you can also do this backwards and begin with a negative assertion and ask a positive question like this won't hurt comma will it and we're using the comma to perform its separating function because that's what commas do and and separate between the the the assertion and the doubt question and that's what tag questions are so that's one of the things that we're sorry' - just like launch into it so today we're going to talk about tag questions direct address and using commas in the context of yes and no right so Paige how are you what why are you asking me this because it's an example of direct address so if I start off an utterance by directly addressing you you know there's the follow the pause I would say Paige comma how are you I see that makes sense but also I'm interested in your well-being oh well thank you I'm good good so if you're directly addressing a person it doesn't have to be just Paige it could also be me it could also be Sal whoever you know you would you would say the name followed by a comma then the question or whatever the sentence was going to be like Paige I'm going to the grocery store later do you want some cheese right I do definitely got some cheese so then in that response actually you could have the fine thing we're going to talk about today which is yes and no commas so when you're answering a question whether yes or no you kind of use yes or no as sentence adverbs kind of it's an introductory element so you would say yes comma I would love some cheese or no comma I hate cheese if we were like an alternate universe version of you yeah no I definitely love cheese but that's that's how it works you would use um say yes or no and follow it with a comma so this is just another example of how powerful commas are you can use them in all these different separating abilities right so you can separate between the tag question you know the positive assertion and the negative question like you like cheese comma don't you or this won't hurt comma will it you can use it in direct address like page comma how are you and in yes or no responses like no comma I hate cheese or yes comma I would love some cheese commas are so powerful yeah for real the viewer can learn anything can't they yes page I believe they can David out page out