Adjective/Verb + 지요 : This grammar pattern can be used in various ways:
(1) For tag questions, which are mini questions we put at the end of a sentence and invite the listener to agree with you, usually on some fact or topic you both know about. If you are using this pattern as a tag question, you must use a rising intonation when speaking.
(2) For giving information about something. This pattern uses a falling intonation when spoken.
(3) As a general ending when asking any kind of question. The intonation is different from when asking a tag question(see the audio examples below).
- This grammar pattern can also be used with nouns if combined with the verb 이다 to make the pattern Noun + 이지요.
- 지요 can be contracted to 죠.
- 가다 (to go) → 가지요
- 알다 (to know) → 일지요
- 예쁘다(to be pretty) → 예쁘지요
- 선생님 (teacher) → 선생님이지요
- 춥다 (to be cold) → 춥지요
Note some examples below use the low form where the 요 is omitted.
Used with Tag Questions
- 이효리가 정말 예쁘지? [Lee Hyori is really pretty, isn't she?]
- 오늘은 춥지요? [It's cold today, isn't it?]
- 내일 직장에 안 가지? [You're not going to work tomorrow, are you?]
- 그렇지요? [That's right, huh?]
Used to Give Information
- 당연하지요 [Of course]
- 그 사람은 아니지요 [It's not that person]
- 내 남 동생이 아주 착하지 [My younger brother is very kind]
As a General Question Ending
- 그 사람의 이름이 뭐지요? [What is that person's name?]
- 이거 얼마지요? [How much is this?]