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Is there a word for answering a question with a question?

I am aware that answering student questions with further, leading questions is sometimes dubbed “Socratic,” but I am asking more broadly about all occasions where someone asks a question and, instead ...
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How do you say this in English? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Framing a question to which the answer is an ordinal number How to phrase an asking sentence that must be answered with an ordinal number (e.g., the third prime) ? It ...
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“will” vs “would” in this sentence

I am talking about events taking place in the known future: Would it be okay if I'll confirm around 3 pm? or should it be Would it be okay if I'd confirm around 3 pm? What is the ...
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What is the correct punctuation for an indirect question?

I'm wondering how it is correct to structure sentence and what punctuation should be used. In particular, is the next sentence correct: I was wondering if there's any progress on the issue. Or ...
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How to ask a question to confirm a negative situation?

For example, I want to make sure that Tom was not in Professor X's class. However, I can't ask: Wasn't Tom in Professor X's class last semester? Because that means I think Tom WAS in Professor ...
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“Does it make sense?” or “Do you understand me?”? [closed]

Suppose I tell something to my companion and I want to make sure he understands me. I thought I may simply ask "Do you understand me?". But recently I heard that in such cases I should ask "Does that ...
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How to ask a question to get an ordinal number answer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How to phrase an asking sentence that must be answered with an ordinal number? Framing a question to which the answer is an ordinal number Given that I want to know ...
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Punctuation with “The question is…” '.', '?' or ' “… ?” ' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Position of question mark when sentence doesn't end with question Take this statement for example: That's not the question. The question is what was Colonel ...
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“Why …?” vs. “Why is it that … ?”

Why is it that everybody wants to help me whenever I need someone's help? Why does everybody want to help me whenever I need someone's help? Can you please explain to me the difference in ...
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How do you interpret “Who are you?”

This might be kind of vague, but I was thinking about this the other day. When someone asks "Who are you?", what are they really wanting to know? Is your name really enough to explain who you are? ...
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Why do we invert word order when asking a question?

What's the difference between an inverted question and a normal-order question? Why invert? Is there a reason or a benefit? I love you? Do I love you?
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Framing a question to which you reply with “I am the third born in my family” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Framing a question to which the answer is an ordinal number would it be if i asked what is your relative position terms of birth order in your family
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Punctuation around the word “OK” at the end of a sentence

If a sentence ends in "OK", and the sentence is a request, usually there is a comma before the OK and a question mark after it. The comma signifies a pause, correct? What if there was no pause, then ...
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What's a word for a group of questions asked together?

Is there a word for a set of questions that are asked together and are related? For example, one asks the question: Do you go rafting? And follow up with: If yes, where? If no, what do ...
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How to reply to question tags

English is not my native-tongue, so I always find it hard to grasp the concept of "question tags" and more importantly the way to answer to them. Let me explain with the help of this situation - I am ...
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Why can positive statements end with a negative question and vice versa?

I had a hard time phrasing the actual question title—hopefully this doesn't mean it's too subjective—, but I'm curious about why positive (or negative) statements can be terminated by negative (or ...
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Asking somebody to select between two or more options

Assume we want to ask somebody to choose between two options. Each option is a phrase like "stay home" or "come with me". What is the correct form of asking such questions? Do you want to stay ...
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“Where will I be,” “where will I get to,” “what place will I reach”: What's the best way to ask?

What's the most natural way to complete this question (the person asking this question wants to know the name of a place)? If I keep going south from here, […]?
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Question phrases to make sure that everything is understood correctly

I am looking for the best question phrases to make sure that everything is understood correctly. – Trains to London leave on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and ...
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“Why is this not” versus “why is not this”

Should I use "why is this not" or "why is not this?" Or are both correct?
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What is the question form of “used to do”?

What is the correct way to convert "used to do" into a question? Since I want to emphasize that the action is not on-going any more, so simple past tense is not a good idea here. Could I say "do xxx ...
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Do you really answer “How do you do?” with “How do you do?”

We're told in our English classes (learning English as a foreign language) that the only possible answer to How do you do? is to repeat the question: How do you do? (While it's ...
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What is the correct way to answer a general question?

Is it considered rude to answer a question with a question? For instance: Q. Did you eat those cookies? A. Why? Would the correct response be "Yes I did (or no I did not), why do you ask?"
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How do you frame a question for this situation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Framing a question whose answer is an ordinal number Let me explain the scenario. Say you have 'n' number of siblings (brothers/sisters) in your family, i.e your ...
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Should “guess what” be a question or command?

In other words: should it be “Guess what?” or “Guess what!”? Or does the correct usage depend on the context and intent of the speaker?
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“How to […]?” and “Where to […]?” Questions that are not questions. Is this defensible?

Adding a question mark to the end of a "How to" or "Where to" sentence appears to be quite common. Here are two examples from this very site: How to punctuate a list of questions? (link) Where to ...
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How should I phrase a question that must be answered with an ordinal number (e.g., the third prime)?

I want to make a question having an answer as follows: 5 is the third prime number. The bold part is the answer. How to phrase the question?
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What are the subjects of these questions? [closed]

1.Do you think I did well in my Spanish examination? 2.Who won the music festival?
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Question that needs a selection

What do you call a question that needs a selection? For example: Is an argument true until proven false or vice-versa?
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Framing a question whose answer is an ordinal number

I am the third daughter (or son) of my parents. OR I am the third child of my parents How should a question that is answered with the above sentences be framed?
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“For how long have you been…” vs. “how long have you been…”

Ante-scriptum: The question should be quite a frequently arising one, so this might be a duplicate. If it is, I haven't found it previously asked here I don't know if the title is meaningful, but ...
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Using abbreviations incorrectly?

In English it's considered correct to ask I do it like this, don't I? or Why can't I go? whereas "don't" is an abbreviation of "do not" and "can't" is an abbreviation of "cannot". ...
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When a negative question is asked, what is the grammatically correct way to answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to answer a negative question without ambiguity? Response to “Would you not do it?” When a negative question is asked, what is the grammatically correct way to ...
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What is the best way to punctuate a list of questions in a declarative sentence?

In my report a need to write a list of example questions that someone might ask, but I would like to do it in a sentence rather than a separate list. Here is an example: This poses questions such ...
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Enquiry about the bus route

Is this correct? Asking the driver or the another person: Does this bus go (or goes) to X? Do you go to X?
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Asking about the university courses

What is the correct way to ask another person about the course he is doing/pursuing at a college or university? What course are you doing?
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Is it possible to describe something with a question?

On the of chance this being possible examples please.
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Is it correct to use “are you” instead of “if you're”?

As an example: This is a good read, are you interested in more related topics. What are these type of sentences called? Does it follow the same grammar as: Should you require more ...
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What is the word “who”?

Is the word "who" an adverb? If not, what is it? If it is an adverb, what type of adverb is it?
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How to answer “The applicant’s overall rank is ? out of ? ”

I am filling a reference form and I met 2 questions that I am not sure how to answer : The applicant’s overall rank is __ out of ___ Please describe the comparison group: __ If the ...
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“Can/may/will you help me with this?”

Which word to use when we ask for help? Some conditions: We know that the person asked is able to do it. We don't know if the person asked is able to do it.
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“Which” vs. “what” — what's the difference and when should you use one or the other?

Most of the time one or the other feels better, but every so often, "which" vs. "what" trips me up. So, what's the exact difference and when should you use one or the other?
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Response to “Would you not do it?”

If posed with the subject question, given that I will not do the action in question, then what is the correct answer No, I will not do it. or Yes, I will not do it. #1 sounds better to ...
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About question tags

He did nothing*. Which is the correct question tag for the sentence above? didn't he? did he? What is the effect of using nothing for negation?
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Changing subject and verb positions in statements and questions

We always change subject and verb positions in whenever we want to ask a question such as "What is your name?". But when it comes to statements like the following, which form is correct? I ...