Rhetorical Questions.


My question is:


1. a. What is a rhetorical question?   Please give appropriate examples.


   b.  When are rhetorical questions allowed or disallowed?  Please give reasons.

asked Jun 15 '13 at 05:28 Sarvan Minhas New member

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A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked in order to make a point.[1] The question is used as a rhetorical device, posed for the sake of encouraging its listener to consider a message or viewpoint. Though these are technically questions, they do not always require a question mark.
For example, the question "Can't you do anything right?" is asked not to gain information about the ability of the person being spoken to, but rather to insinuate that the person always fails.
While sometimes amusing and even humorous, rhetorical questions are rarely meant for pure, comedic effect. A carefully crafted question can, if delivered well, persuade an audience to believe in the position(s) of the speaker.[2]
In simple terms, it is a question asked more to produce an effect than to summon an answer.


link answered Jun 15 '13 at 07:37 Scarlet Darwin Contributor

Scarlet, the [1] and [2] in Wiki's answer refers to footnotes in their paragraphs. If you'll look at the page again, you'll probably see those numbers repeated (at the bottom of the page) with source information (or an "aside" of some sort) following them. That's how it's done when there are multiple sources and the writer wants to put them all in one place. I hope you don't mind me taking the time to point these quirks or writing out to you, this is how we all learn. As the old quote says: "When you stop learning you're dead."

Brother DaveJun 16 '13 at 01:45

no no..it's a pleasure that you are helping me out to improve my mistakes. I am always open to criticisms. You are free to criticise me whenever I make a mistake.

Scarlet DarwinJun 16 '13 at 04:56

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A rhetorical question is one for which you do not expect an answer: "Just when did you expect this gift from God to arrive?" They can be used in many types of writing, most often in dialogue (as in a script or even a casual conversation with someone known to you). Presumably they wouldn't be appreciated in serious/formal writing, unless making a point otherwise difficult to make: "We  are gathered here to remember John Smith, who among you can remember a better man?" would be an exception to the rule. However, under the same circumstances "Who can remember a fellow who could down a quart of rum faster?" would not be appreciated.

link comment answered Jun 16 '13 at 01:57 Brother Dave Contributor

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