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sexta-feira, 21 de julho de 2017


There are some questions that we ask, but we are not really asking for information. In English, a question with an obvious answer can be used as a way of trying to get attention to something. We call those kind of questions RHETORICAL QUESTIONS. We do not expect an answer.

This figure of speech, as I said, does not require a direct answer. Sometimes, rhetorical questions may be intended to start a discussion or at least draw an acknowledgement that the listener understands the message. Moreover, rhetorical questions might also be the ones that have obvious answers. We ask the question to make a point, to persuade or for literary effect.   

Here are some answers of rhetorical questions:

·         Do you know what time it is? (Meaning that the person is late.)
·     Who’s a lovely baby? (Talking to the person and showing that the person is obviously the lovely baby.)
·         Is the pope catholic? (asked to emphasize a point.)
·         Are you stupid?


Sometimes we may use why/how should…? But it can be a bit aggressive:

John is unhappy, but why should I care?


Why should I know? (especially in American English it is an aggressive reply to a question.

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