A question is a linguistic expression used to make a request for information, or the request made using such an expression.
Information is any entity or form that provides the answer to a question of some kind or resolves uncertainty.
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However, questions can also be asked without using these interrogative grammatical structures – for example one may use an imperative, as in "Tell me your name".
Interrogative is a term used in grammar to refer to features that form questions.
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Rhetorical questions, for example, are used to make a point, and are not expected to be answered.
A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked to make a point rather than to elicit an answer.
Many languages have special grammatical forms for questions (for example, in the English sentence "Are you happy?", the inversion of the subject you and the verb are shows it to be a question rather than a statement).
A sentence can include words grouped meaningfully to express a statement, question, exclamation, request, command or suggestion.
loaded questionfallacy of many questionsWhen did you stop beating your wife?
Pre-suppositional or loaded questions, such as "Have you stopped beating your wife?"
A loaded question or complex question fallacy is a question that contains a controversial or unjustified assumption (e.g., a presumption of guilt).
Raising a question may guide the questioner along an avenue of research (see Socratic method).
The basic form is a series of questions formulated as tests of logic and fact intended to help a person or group discover their beliefs about some topic, exploring definitions or logoi (singular logos) and seeking to characterize general characteristics shared by various particular instances.
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Questions that ask whether or not some statement is true are called yes–no questions (or polar questions, or general questions ), since they can in principle be answered by a "yes" or "no" (or similar words or expressions in other languages).
In linguistics, a yes–no question, formally known as a polar question or a general question, is a question whose expected answer is either "yes" or "no".
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These use interrogative words (wh-words) such as when, which, who, how, etc. to specify the information that is desired.
An interrogative word or question word is a function word used to ask a question, such as what, when, where, who, whom, why, and how.
(In some languages the formation of such questions may involve wh-movement – see the section below for grammatical description.) The name derives from the fact that most of the English interrogative words (with the exception of how) begin with the letters wh.
The special interrogatives, whatever the language, are known within linguistics as wh-words because most interrogative words in the English language start with a wh-; for example, who(m), whose, what, which, etc. Wh-words are used to form questions, and can also occur in relative clauses.
However, English allows such inversion only with a particular class of verbs (called auxiliary or special verbs), and thus sometimes requires the addition of an auxiliary do, does or did before inversion can take place ("He sings" → "Does he sing?") – for details see do-support.
Do-support (or do-insertion), in English grammar, is the use of the auxiliary verb do, including its inflected forms does and did, to form negated clauses and questions as well as other constructions in which subject–auxiliary inversion is required.
In languages written in Latin, Cyrillic or certain other scripts, a question mark at the end of a sentence identifies questions in writing.
Lynne Truss attributes an early form of the modern question mark in western language to Alcuin of York.
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As well as direct questions (such as Where are my keys?), there also exist indirect questions (also called interrogative content clauses), such as where my keys are.
Such clauses correspond to direct questions, which are questions actually asked.
In English, German, French and various other languages, questions are marked by a distinct word order featuring inversion – the subject is placed after the verb rather than before it: "You are cold" becomes "Are you cold?"
Like many other Western European languages, English historically allowed questions to be formed by inverting the positions of verb and subject.
A riddle is a statement or question or phrase having a double or veiled meaning, put forth as a puzzle to be solved.
A question may be either a linguistic expression used to make a request for information, or the request itself.
Please is a usually polite expression of request.
A journalistic interview takes the form of a conversation between two or more people: interviewer(s) ask questions to elicit facts or statements from interviewee(s).
A questionnaire is a research instrument consisting of a series of questions (or other types of prompts) for the purpose of gathering information from respondents.
An interview is a conversation where questions are asked and answers are given.
Q&A, generally meaning "questions and answers", an interview, may also refer to:
Ask is the active verb for a direct question.
Direct Line with Vladimir Putin is annual special television program and a Q&A show mostly broadcast live by Russia-1, Russia 24, RT and Channel One Russia and Mayak, Vesti FM and Radio of Russia radio stations.
a symbolic referendum2009 Catalan independence referendum in Arenys de Munt
The query was formulated exclusively for residents of this village on the following question: Està d'acord que Catalunya esdevingui un Estat de dret, independent, democràtic i social, integrat a la Unió Europea? (Do you agree on Catalonia becoming an independent, democratic and social State of law, integrated in the European Union?).