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    out of question=out of the question?

    I noticed that in bbc news, the 'out of question' in a lot of sentences means 'impossible' or 'out of the question'. What do you native English speakers think of this usage? as in:

    <LI class=g>BBC NEWS | South Asia | Mumbai: A Pakistan militant link?

    - [ 翻译此页 ] 28 Nov 2008 ... some in Pakistan's security apparatus remain sceptical of India's intentions, a shift to the proxy wars of the 1990s is out of question. ...
    news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7753863.stm - 网页快照 - 类似结果
    <LI class=g>BBC NEWS | South Asia | India and Pakistan's road to detente

    - [ 翻译此页 ] 11 Nov 2004 ... being a part of India, demilitarising is out of question, shows the amount of divergence in the view points of the two neighbours. ...
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    <LI class=g>BBC NEWS | Africa | Zimbabwe's new PM: Your views

    - [ 翻译此页 ] 11 Feb 2009 ... did the right thing to be sworn in as prime minister because President Mugabe's hope to revive the economy was now out of question ...

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: out of question=out of the question?

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I noticed that in bbc news, the 'out of question' in a lot of sentences means 'impossible' or 'out of the question'. What do you native English speakers think of this usage? as in:

    <LI class=g>BBC NEWS | South Asia | Mumbai: A Pakistan militant link?

    - [ 翻译此页 ] 28 Nov 2008 ... some in Pakistan's security apparatus remain sceptical of India's intentions, a shift to the proxy wars of the 1990s is out of question. ...
    news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7753863.stm - 网页快照 - 类似结果
    <LI class=g>BBC NEWS | South Asia | India and Pakistan's road to detente

    - [ 翻译此页 ] 11 Nov 2004 ... being a part of India, demilitarising is out of question, shows the amount of divergence in the view points of the two neighbours. ...
    news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3995007.stm - 网页快照 - 类似结果
    <LI class=g>BBC NEWS | Africa | Zimbabwe's new PM: Your views

    - [ 翻译此页 ] 11 Feb 2009 ... did the right thing to be sworn in as prime minister because President Mugabe's hope to revive the economy was now out of question ...

    Thank you in advance.
    It should be 'out of the question'.

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    Re: out of question=out of the question?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It should be 'out of the question'.
    But a lot of people do use 'out of question' in place of 'out of the question', don't they?

    Thank you again.

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    Re: out of question=out of the question?

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    But a lot of people do use 'out of question' in place of 'out of the question', don't they?

    Thank you again.
    Journalistically yes, but no native speaker would say or write it like that under normal circumstances.

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