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Definición de “question” en inglés

question

noun (ASKING)    /ˈkwes.tʃən/
A1 [C] a sentence or phrase used to find out information: The police asked me questions all day. Why won't you answer my question? "So where is the missing money?" "That's a good question." (= I don't know the answer.) There will be a question-and-answer session (= a period when people can ask questions) at the end of the talk.Questioning people and asking questions in generalCuriositySuspecting and questioning A2 [C] in an exam, a problem that tests a person's knowledge or ability: Answer/Do as many questions as you can.Questioning people and asking questions in generalCuriositySuspecting and questioning Gramática:QuestionsA question is anything we write or say which requires a response. In writing, questions are usually followed by a question mark:See moreGramática:Responding to wh-questionsWh-questions ask for information and we do not expect a yes-no answer to a wh-question. We expect an answer which gives information:See moreGramática:Adding emphasis to wh-questionsWe can add emphasis to wh-questions in speaking by stressing the auxiliary verb do. We usually do this when we have not already received the information that we expected from an earlier question, or to show strong interest.See moreGramática:Negative wh-questionsWhen we ask negative wh-questions, we use the auxiliary verb do when there is no other auxiliary or modal verb, even when the wh-word is the subject of the clause:See moreGramática:Adding a wh-word at the end of a statement to make a questionSee moreGramática:Intonation and wh-questionsThe intonation of wh-questions is normally falling. The falling intonation is on the most important syllable:See moreGramática:Prepositions and particles with wh-questionsWe can use wh-words and phrases after prepositions in more formal questions:See moreGramática:Questions: alternative questions (Is it black or grey?)An alternative question gives a choice of two or more answers in the question and includes or:See moreGramática:Forming alternative questionsSee moreGramática:Different types of alternative questionWe can also ask alternative questions using or not? This is a very direct question and sometimes it can express annoyance or impatience:See moreGramática:Reduced alternative questions (tea or coffee?)See moreGramática:Responding to alternative questionsWe can answer an alternative question in different ways, but we do not normally answer yes:See moreGramática:Questions: echo and checking questionsSee moreGramática:Question: follow-up questionsSee moreGramática:Questions: statement questions (you’re over 18?)We can use statements (declaratives) to ask yes-no questions. In writing we know they are questions because they have question marks. In speaking we know they are questions because of the context, and often because of their intonation:See moreGramática:Questions: two-step questionsIn speaking, we sometimes ask two questions together. The first question is just an introduction for the listener. We use these especially when we don’t want to be too direct:See moreGramática:Two-step yes-no questionsWe sometimes use yes-no questions one after the other. The first question is an introduction to the topic and the speaker usually knows the answer. The second question is more specific.See moreGramática:Pre-questions in two-step questionsSometimes we ask if we can ask a question. This is very polite:See moreGramática:Two-step questions that suggest the answerWe also use two-step questions to first ask a question and then suggest an answer with a rising or fall-rising intonation. The speaker is quite sure of the answer and wants the listener to confirm it:See moreGramática:Questions: interrogative pronouns (what, who)We use interrogative pronouns to ask questions. They are: who, which, whom, what and whose. These are also known as wh-words. Questions using these are called wh-questions:See moreGramática:Questions: yes-no questions (Are you feeling cold?)Questions that need either a yes or a no answer are called yes-no questions:See moreGramática:Interrogative pronouns: usesWe use who and whom on their own:See moreGramática:Questions: short formsIn informal situations, especially in speaking, we can reduce questions rather than using complete clauses. Short questions can be clauses, phrases or even single words:See moreGramática:Questions: typical errorsSee moreGramática:Forming yes-no questionsSee moreGramática:Responding to yes-no questionsOther ways of saying yes and no include yeah, yep, mm, okay, and nah, nope. These are informal:See moreGramática:Negative yes-no questionsWe usually use negative yes-no questions to check or confirm something we believe or expect to be the case, or when we consider that something is the best thing to do:See moreGramática:Intonation and yes-no questionsThe intonation of yes-no questions is normally either rising [ri↗sing arrow] or fall-rising [dow↘n u↗p arrow] intonation depending on the meaning. If we do not know the answer, we use rising intonation. If we more or less know the answer and are looking for confirmation, we use fall-rising intonation:See moreGramática:Questions: wh-questionsWh-questions begin with what, when, where, who, whom, which, whose, why and how. We use them to ask for information. The answer cannot be yes or no:See moreGramática:Forming wh-questionsSee more
(Definition of question noun (ASKING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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