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More and more in TV interviews -- and only on TV, by the way, never in "real" life -- I hear people using what I call, for lack of any other name, "Self-Questioning.". Example: "Do I regret saying what I did that morning? Yes, I do. Do I wish I had said something else instead? Of course. But we cannot go backwards, so what's done is done.". Sometimes there are three self-questions in the series, but usually there are only two. I don't know the official name for this, if there even is one. All I know is that I loathe it. Has anyone else noticed this confessional-like speech pattern? I am positive I never encountered it until recently, and unfortunately seems to be gaining in popularity.

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    Hello, Grace. Have you a question one would judge appropriate here? "Has anyone else noticed this confessional-like speech pattern?" is asking for opinions on style changes, not for analysis of the fundamental workings of English (grammar, semantics ...) that ELU aims to provide. // Soliloquy was common even in Shakespeare's day. – Edwin Ashworth Dec 20 '17 at 23:01
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    Might I suggest a new title along the lines of "what is the name for the rhetoric of self-questioning/answering in TV interviews?" – Phil Sweet Dec 20 '17 at 23:09
  • That's funny. I have thought of this technique as a way to catch the viewer's attention before answering the question - like we're all ADHD and need a little prodding before launching into the real story..."I'll pique your curiosity with this leading question I'm asking myself...then when I have your attention, I'll answer it in a witty and pithy manner!" It is a little annoying, isn't it? – Kristina Lopez Dec 20 '17 at 23:25
  • As well as voting to close, on account of it being a duplicate, I have also voted for it, because I believe it to be a good question. – WS2 Dec 20 '17 at 23:57
  • There are questions (hypothetical example: “Has person X committed a crime?”) that look like yes/no questions, where one could conceivably answer “yes” or “no”. In the real world, situations are rarely so black and white; the truth often falls into a gray area between “yes” and “no”. Reframing the question is a technique to parse the question into bite-sized pieces that may be more easily answered “yes” or “no”; e.g., “Did Joe the pawnbroker burglarize Jane’s house? No. Did he come into possession of property stolen from her house? Yes. Did he knowingly traffic in stolen goods? …” … (Cont’d) – Scott Dec 21 '17 at 1:50
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While it would help if you rephrased this as an actual question ...

These are in fact perfect examples of the Rhetorical Question.

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