Consider the conversation below. Is the last question correct?

A: What did you think about it?
B: I thought it was terrible.
A: You thought it was terrible?

It sounds a bit strange without the auxiliary verb.

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  • This coversation is in a lesson of Englishtown, at Level 5, Unit 5. – Ricidleiv Tondatto Jun 26 '15 at 18:05
  • Which makes it off topic as homework ;-) – ScotM Jun 26 '15 at 18:10
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    Do support is fairly straightforward general reference. The question without do support is actually just an echo of statement B, to confirm content, or request additional explanation. No inversion; no do support. – ScotM Jun 26 '15 at 18:18
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    The question is legitimate grammatically. – ScotM Jun 26 '15 at 18:23
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    The response to "I thought the play was terrible." of "You thought it was terrible?" is certainly acceptable and common in conversation. It is known, for obvious reasons, as an 'echo question' {see CDO}. There are also declarative questions (You're going to the supermarket tomorrow?), {see Nordquist} again not using the normal do-support. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 27 '15 at 21:19

It is a common English locution to report someone's words back to them in indirect speech with the rising inflection indicated by the question mark. It indicates some incredulousness: "I can't believe you thought is was that bad." Or an indication that the questioner misunderstood what he heard.

The straightforward question with the auxiliary "do" -- "Did you think it was terrible?" after an expression of distaste will likely get the response "Didn't you hear me the first time?

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    It can also indicate that that the questioner wants the other person to elaborate. "You thought it was terrible?" might mean "Go on; why did you think it was terrible?" – Nicole Jun 26 '15 at 18:31

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