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 Post subject: Request or question?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:20 pm 
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If someone is requesting information directly from you, would you class it as a question?

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Possibly, but not necessarily IMO.

A request for information could be, for example, a request for installation instructions or a user manual. In this case the information desired is hardly an answer to a question.

However, if a request for information is put politely it would be in the format of (say) "would you give me the installation instructions please?" This is then a question although the direct answer to the specific question isn't really what is being requested.


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 Post subject: Re: Request or question?
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Elvis wrote:
If someone is requesting information directly from you, would you class it as a question?


Your asking for it. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Request or question?
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1018509 wrote:
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If someone is requesting information directly from you, would you class it as a question?


You're asking for it. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Request or question?
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Elvis wrote:
If someone is requesting information directly from you, would you class it as a question?


No

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 Post subject: Re: Request or question?
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luddite wrote:
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If someone is requesting information directly from you, would you class it as a question?


No
:lol: OK, I'll give you an example:

Do you have any idea where I can go to buy a whatever...?..!...¿...

Should I have added a question mark or not? Also a request for information. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Request or question?
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 6:57 pm 
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OK I'm hooked.

In the dictionary...to request means to ask, and amazingly enough..to ask means to request.

As you ask a question, then requesting means the same thing, so roll out the question mark oh burger loving crooner.


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 Post subject: Re: Request or question?
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 7:13 pm 
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:lol: Thanks Vic, I knew the answer all along, but wanted to settle a dispute with someone who isn't a member here.
There have been a couple of amusing replies though. :mrgreen:



As for burgers, I've eaten two in my whole life, the McDonalds one in California was the most memorable of them. Strange that I couldn't bring myself to order one in Memphis, whilst paying my respects to the King.

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 Post subject: Re: Request or question?
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In my Collins the first definition of request is "to express a desire for, especially politely; to ask or demand...

For example: "please give me the information..." is a request for information but not in itself a question and does not require a question mark.

However, referring to your post, the answer to the question you asked might not be the information which you are requesting; I suspect the semantics depend more upon what you intended to ask rather than what you specifically asked. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Request or question?
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 9:13 am 
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"please give me the information..."
Would suggest that the information had already been asked for/requested, therefore the original request would have required a question mark.
Unless a specific is added, such as; Please give me the information on toxic waste.

I can see that a request wouldn't always require the use of a question mark, but it would then become more of a demand.
Your example suggests a polite, demanding request for information.


Good point though! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Request or question?
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If a request is couched as a question then it is a question. If it is not, then it is not.

a/ Will you supply the information? (a question)

b/ Please supply the information. (not a question)

Same request, different format.

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 Post subject: Re: Request or question?
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Elvis wrote:
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"please give me the information..."
Would suggest that the information had already been asked for/requested, therefore the original request would have required a question mark.
Unless a specific is added, such as; Please give me the information on toxic waste.

I can see that a request wouldn't always require the use of a question mark, but it would then become more of a demand.
Your example suggests a polite, demanding request for information.


Good point though! :mrgreen:


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In my Collins the first definition of request is "to express a desire for, especially politely; to ask or demand... :wink:

I don't follow your train of thought regarding the previously asked question, especially as the diaresis (is that what those three dots are called?) was intended to indicate that a specific was supposed to be there but not defined. Why should this demand be a follow-up to a previously asked question? Whats wrong with saying to a workmate, "John, pass me the information on the splunge-gurgles please" :|

luddite wrote:
If a request is couched as a question then it is a question. If it is not, then it is not.

a/ Will you supply the information? (a question)

b/ Please supply the information. (not a question)

Same request, different format.

Absolutely. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Request or question?
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Look, if posters on here will insist on raising the subject of splunge-gurgles in what was until then a sensible discussion, then I'm orf down t'ut club to talk about Cardiff City.

Splunge-gurgles are the playthings of the devil..............


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 Post subject: Re: Request or question?
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Victor Fawlty wrote:
Look, if posters on here will insist on raising the subject of splunge-gurgles in what was until then a sensible discussion, then I'm orf down t'ut club to talk about Cardiff City.

Splunge-gurgles are the playthings of the devil..............


Wicked child !


Splunge-gurgling?

Check out "again" I dedicate it to Oldhobnob. :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Request or question?
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 10:00 pm 
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Elvis wrote:
1018509 wrote:
Elvis wrote:
If someone is requesting information directly from you, would you class it as a question?


You're asking for it. :D

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It was written in a moment of non-grumpiness. I doubt it will happen again.

I realise now it is in the wrong forum.

It was supposed to be a joke but some bugger changed in the above quote and messed it up.

Bloody forums (fora if you insist.)


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