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    Its warm? and Is it warm?



    "Its interesting to ponder the difference in meaning between Its warm? and Is it warm? In the latter, the speaker genuinely doesnt know whether its warm. In the former, it seems almost like the speaker thinks its not warm, and is asking for re-confirmation."

    Arent Its warm? and Is it warm? "Closed questions?" If I want to reply to either of them, can I say:

    Yes, it is. = Positive answer

    Or

    No, it is not. = Negative answer

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    Re: Its warm? and Is it warm?

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post


    "It’s interesting to ponder the difference in meaning between “It’s warm?” and “Is it warm?” In the latter, the speaker genuinely doesn’t know whether it’s warm. In the former, it seems almost like the speaker thinks it’s not warm, and is asking for re-confirmation."

    Aren’t “It’s warm?” and “Is it warm?” "Closed questions?" If I want to reply to either of them, can I say:

    Yes, it is. = Positive answer

    Or

    No, it is not. = Negative answer
    "It's warm?" is not natural as a question.

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    Re: Its warm? and Is it warm?

    I would only expect to hear "It's warm?" as a question with a note of surprise or incredulity, in response to an unexpected statement of "It's warm".

    John (by telephone): Hi Susan. I'm here in Antarctica. It's warm!
    Susan: It's warm?
    John: Yup, really warm. Surprising, isn't it!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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