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    Question Answering a question with a question

    Is the below question and answer incorrect because a question has been answered with a question - if not then how else is it incorrect?
    “Is John ill? He’s lost a lot of weight.”
    “Yes, he is rather slender these days, isn’t he?”

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    Default Re: Answering a question with a question

    It's correct. It can sound sarcastic.

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    Default Re: Answering a question with a question

    Tag question is sometimes used for asking agreement.

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    A question can answer a question- tag questions, rhetorical questions...

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    Like vicious circle.

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    Isn't it just?

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    Default Re: Answering a question with a question

    O.K. so I don't get it - have been thinking about it for days. Is there any other way that the original question and / or answer is incorrect?

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    Default Re: Answering a question with a question

    Your question has been answered here:

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=12519

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    Dandelion,
    You are an absolute STAR! Thank you!!!

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    Dandelion used to have many stars but someone has stole them all. Dandelion will be glad to see you give him/her a star.

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