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    Confused by the definition of the word "ANSWER"

    I am just looking for the layman definition....i started thinking about this word, and now i have confused myself.
    I know it sounds dumb, but it is really bothering me now.

    Basically, a question is interrogative sentence or the inquiry being expressed by the sentence, i get that...no problems

    But isn't the answer basically the information wanted or requested by the question. I mean i alwasy thought the answer was the solution. But when i read the defintions, they make it sound as if it is the physical written words or spoken words that are the asnwer.......isn't the defintion of "ANSWER" mean the solution or information expressed by spoken words or a written sentence in response to a question?

    OR can it be both?

    Just stuck, please help.
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    Kevin

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    Re: Confused by the definition of the word "ANSWER"

    You're over thinking this. Yes, an "answer" is the information being requested. But it's also the sentences which convey this information.

    If a newspaper prints a "Q and A" article, the answers are the parts written after the "A."

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    Re: Confused by the definition of the word "ANSWER"

    Quote Originally Posted by alkaspeltzar View Post
    I am just looking for the layman definition ... I started thinking about this word, and now I have confused myself.
    I know it sounds dumb, but it is really bothering me now.

    Basically, a question is an interrogative sentence or the inquiry being expressed by the sentence, I get that. ...no problems

    But isn't the answer basically the information wanted or requested by the question? I mean I always thought the answer was the solution. But when I read the defintions, they make it sound as if it is the physical written words or spoken words that are the answer. Isn't the defintion of "ANSWER" mean the solution or information expressed by spoken words or a written sentence in response to a question?

    OR can it be both?

    Just stuck, please help.
    Thanks

    Kevin
    First, please remember to always capitalise the word "I" (first person singular).

    The short answer (!) to your question is that it can be both.

    Question: 2+2
    Answer: 4

    The mathematical answer to the question is "4". However, whatever I write where it says "4" is also my answer. If I had written "5" instead of "4", then my answer to the question would have been wrong, but it would still have been my answer.


    If an answer were only a solution or a factual piece of information, you would not be able to ask people for their opinion and consider their response to be an answer.

    Question: What did you think of the film?
    Answer: I thought it was great.

    Ask another person the same question:

    Question: What did you think of the film?
    Answer: I thought it was terrible.

    There is no right or wrong answer to that question but both the people have given an answer.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Confused by the definition of the word "ANSWER"

    Politicians are very famous (or infamous) for giving "answers" that bear no connection to the question being asked.

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    Re: Confused by the definition of the word "ANSWER"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Politicians are very famous (or infamous) for giving "answers" that bear no connection to the question being asked.
    Ah yes, the great non-answer answer.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Confused by the definition of the word "ANSWER"

    Okay, I am sorry for not having the grammar correct. I know better. I was just in a rush I guess to get the question asked.
    But could someone please confirm then what I am thinking is correct, that an answer is both.

    An 'Answer' could be:
    1. The sentence, whether written or spoken that one replies to a question.
    For example:Question: What did you think of the film? Answer: I thought it was great.

    2. An answer is the solution or information requested by the interrogative sentence
    For example: If I asked how do I fix the car, then the solution/answer would be to change the spark plugs.
    (Here it is not the physical statement, but the process or information detailing how to correct it that we consider the answer)

    So I was over thinking, the definition means both. The context of the conversation lets you know which one they are referring too.

    Thanks

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    Re: Confused by the definition of the word "ANSWER"

    Yes, and often 2 is provided in 1, and 1 provides 2.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Confused by the definition of the word "ANSWER"

    Quote Originally Posted by alkaspeltzar View Post
    But could someone please confirm then what I am thinking is correct, that an answer is both.
    Please take a look at my first answer, in post #3. The second line clearly says: The short answer to your question is that it can be both.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Confused by the definition of the word "ANSWER"

    Thanks everyone, I did not see all the comments the first time, I did now.

    Thanks for the added piece of mind, after reading too many dictionaries, I was more confused than anything.
    Next time I will trust my gut and ask you before I over-think the word.

    Thanks again for all the support.

    Kevin

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    Re: Confused by the definition of the word "ANSWER"

    I think you mean "peace of mind" (not "piece").
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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