If you ask a question, you'd be the asker and the other party would be the ____.

I thought of "askee", but this is not a word.

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    Askee is absolutely a word, its just one you might not want to use in some contexts. The dictionary is not the ultimate arbiter of wordhood. – phoog Mar 19 '16 at 4:43
  • Not quite the same, but have a look at how can you say 'the person I'm talking with' with one word?. – Lawrence Mar 19 '16 at 6:44
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    Also consider addressee for the person to whom the question was addressed. It's possibly more closely related to envelope addresses, but it sounds like it fits. – Lawrence Mar 19 '16 at 6:47
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    @Elian The post you indicated in comments matches this question better than the one placed by the closure notice - this question allows the possibility that the person addressed doesn't answer. – Lawrence Mar 19 '16 at 9:14

I think addressee is the word. But it certainly depends on the situation. An answerer, a respondent would do as well.

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In this case, I would guess that the person would be a "listener" if he wasn't answering the question; then he would be the "answerer". So it depends on context.

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I think the appropriate choice is audience as in the following examples:

Who is audience of the question? (Depends on the question. For the question, 'What is a 7th grade student's favorite color?', the audience is 7th grade students.)


feel that the intended audience of The Question Book is young, professional and quite possibly male. Almost twenty pages of the book's 160 ...

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