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I am confused if a question which is placed like a taunt can be taken like a question or like a taunt.


  • Are you saying so because you built it?
  • Is it too much to ask for?

These are grammatically correct questions, but do they sound provoking? Are these necessarily questions, not just grammatically but the way they sound?

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Rhetorical questions! – Kris Dec 15 '13 at 13:27
@Kris : Thanks! – Harsha Venkatram Dec 15 '13 at 13:47
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Punctuate taunting questions as questions. To do otherwise would be odd and unclear. The rhetorical, taunting meaning comes through loud and clear.

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Thanks , that makes sense. – Harsha Venkatram Dec 15 '13 at 13:46
When you say 'grammatically correct questions' I assume you mean possessing this structure: "Is it after twelve yet?" Modern practice is veering towards omitting the question marks from similarly-structured requests: "Would you please shut the door, Bill." but including it in declarative questions: "You think I'm kidding you?" – Edwin Ashworth Dec 15 '13 at 15:53
@EdwinAshworth : Yes , I was talking about the structure. – Harsha Venkatram Dec 15 '13 at 19:22

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