Expression: n'est-ce pas ?
Pronunciation: [nes pa]
Meaning: isn't it? aren't you?
Literal translation: is it not?
Notes: The French expression n'est-ce pas is what grammarians call a "tag question" or "question tag" - a word or short phrase tagged on to the end of a statement, turning it into a yes or no question (albeit one the speaker is pretty sure s/he knows the answer to).
In English, tag questions often consist of the verb from the statement combined with "not." In French, however, the verb is irrelevant; the tag question is just n'est-ce pas.
The English tag questions "right?" and "no?" are similar in usage, though not register: they are informal, whereas n'est-ce pas ? is formal or, in informal speech, ironic. The informal French tag question equivalent is non ?
Vous êtes prêt, n'est-ce pas ?
You're ready, aren't you?
Elle est belle, n'est-ce pas ?
She's beautiful, isn't she?
Nous devons partir bientôt, n'est-ce pas ?
We have to leave soon, don't we?
Il a fait ses devoirs, n'est-ce pas ?
He did his homework, didn't he?
Ils peuvent nous accompagner, n'est-ce pas ?
They can come with us, can't they?