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    Rhetorical Questions

    Is "Do you think terrorism is dangerous?" a rhetorical question?

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    Re: Rhetorical Questions

    Hard to say. Context? Some people consider terrorists to be freedom fighters.

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    Re: Rhetorical Questions

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    Is "Do you think terrorism is dangerous?" a rhetorical question?
    A rhetorical question is one which you say to make a point, and you don't need an answer for it.
    If you are asking this to get an answer, it's not rhetorical.
    "Couldn't you look up "rhetorical question" in a dictionary?" - this is a rhetorical question.

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    Re: Rhetorical Questions

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    "Couldn't you look up "rhetorical question" in a dictionary?"
    The point is that the listener should look it up in a dictionary. Is it correct?
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    Re: Rhetorical Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Zateey View Post
    Is "Do you think terrorism is dangerous?" a rhetorical question?
    Not necessarily- some people argue that the risks from terrorism have been exaggerated, so it could be an invitation to discuss the issue.

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    Re: Rhetorical Questions

    I think 'Don't you think terrorism is dangerous?' is a rhetorical question.

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    Re: Rhetorical Questions

    It might be if it doesn't require an answer. If you ask someone in the course of a conversation and want to know what they think, it isn't.

    A politician giving a speech will say 'What are we going to do about immigration?'

    He doesn't expect his audience to answer. He is going to answer his own question.

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