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just wondering what the word or phrase is for a reply that indirectly answers the following way:

Mum: Could you please do your homework?

Child: I've already done my homework.

So, the child isn't answering the question being asked directly, yet his response is fitting.

Thanks

  • A valid response? – 3kstc Sep 25 at 0:54
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Actually, I don't consider "Could you please do your homework?" to be a question. It is more a polite command, a gentle way of saying "Do your homework!"

If you omit the "please," it could be interpreted as a true question: "Were you able to do your homework?". "I've already done my homework" would not be a fitting response.

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