A rhetorical question is a question that doesn't require an answer.

What's the name for a rhetorical device that's a non-question that requires an answer ?

Eg, in the following convo what role does "Say we did" play ?

Person A: "We could 'forget' to invite Steve."
Person B: "Say we did."
Person A: "If he came anyway, we'd know he wasn't a vampire."

My best guess is "implied question". In this case, it would expand to "Let's say we did, what would happen ?"

Can you think of any other examples ?

Note: there's "The opposite of a rhetorical statement" which is also looking for the "opposite" of a rhetorical question, but that is about requiring the listener to respond with a question.

  • "Say we did" has several words elided. – Hot Licks Apr 5 '20 at 17:23
  • @HotLicks i've never heard "elided" used to refer to entire words, but yes, there is a lot that's implied. I'm not a linguist by any stretch, so feel free to fix my question if I've used the wrong terms – nqzero Apr 5 '20 at 17:29
  • A leading statement? "We expected you at the party." – Weather Vane Apr 5 '20 at 18:43
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    I'm stuck at the forget part. – Yosef Baskin Apr 5 '20 at 20:21
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    It's leading the other person to continue decribing the scenario. – Barmar Apr 6 '20 at 5:16

The sentence Say we did is also a declarative statement.

Forgot sounds like the elided word: To omit or slur over (a syllable, for example) in pronunciation.

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    The question is about the response by person B, not the statement by person A. – Barmar Apr 6 '20 at 5:14

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