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question, inquiry, enquiry, query, interrogation (noun)
an instance of questioning
"there was a question about my training"; "we made inquiries of all those who were present"
question, head (noun)
the subject matter at issue
"the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets"
question, interrogation, interrogative, interrogative sentence (noun)
a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply
"he asked a direct question"; "he had trouble phrasing his interrogations"
doubt, dubiousness, doubtfulness, question (noun)
uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something
"the dubiousness of his claim"; "there is no question about the validity of the enterprise"
motion, question (noun)
a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote
"he made a motion to adjourn"; "she called for the question"
an informal reference to a marriage proposal
"he was ready to pop the question"
question, oppugn, call into question (verb)
challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of
"We must question your judgment in this matter"
interrogate, question (verb)
pose a series of questions to
"The suspect was questioned by the police"; "We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion"
question, query (verb)
pose a question
interview, question (verb)
conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting
wonder, question (verb)
place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
"I wonder whether this was the right thing to do"; "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"
A sentence, phrase or word which asks for information, reply or response; an interrogative.
A subject or topic for consideration or investigation.
A doubt or challenge about the truth or accuracy of a matter.
A proposal to a meeting as a topic for deliberation.
To ask questions of; interrogate; enquire; ask for information.
To raise doubts about; have doubts about.
A question is a linguistic expression used to make a request for information, or the request made using such an expression. The information requested may be provided in the form of an answer. Questions have developed a range of uses that go beyond the simple eliciting of information from another party. Rhetorical questions, for example, are used to make a point, and are not expected to be answered. Many languages have special grammatical forms for questions. 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". For detailed information about the grammar of question formation, see Interrogative, and for English specifically, English grammar: Questions.
There are these four ways of answering questions. Which four? There are questions that should be answered categorically [straightforwardly yes, no, this, that]. There are questions that should be answered with an analytical (qualified) answer [defining or redefining the terms]. There are questions that should be answered with a counter-question. There are questions that should be put aside. These are the four ways of answering questions. A question is an utterance which typically functions as a request for information, which is expected to be provided in the form of an answer. Questions can thus be understood as a kind of illocutionary act in the field of pragmatics or as special kinds of propositions in frameworks of formal semantics such as alternative semantics or inquisitive semantics. Questions are often conflated with interrogatives, which are the grammatical forms typically used to achieve them. Rhetorical questions, for example, are interrogative in form but may not be considered true questions as they aren't expected to be answered. Conversely, non-interrogative grammatical structures may be considered questions as in the case of the imperative sentence "tell me your name."