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22nd Nov 2004, 19:34
Interesting essay topic i've just seen, entitled:

'Is This A Question?'

If it were yours, how would you answer?

incrediable -mirage
22nd Nov 2004, 19:40
Guess it depends on what subject the essay question was set!

Therefore the answer could be addressed in any form. You could have loads of fun with it going off at tangents and then coming back to the original question.

Sort of thing they set us in detentions and had to do a 4 page essay with no waffling and keeping to the point!


22nd Nov 2004, 19:41
And the appropriate answer should be


22nd Nov 2004, 19:45
Guess it depends on what subject the essay question was set!

That is the title of the essay! :}

Ops and Mops
22nd Nov 2004, 19:45

"Only if there is an answer"

22nd Nov 2004, 20:06
Who Knows???????

22nd Nov 2004, 20:29
Who's asking??:hmm:

Bo Nalls
22nd Nov 2004, 21:05
Who Cares!!!!!!!!!!!!! :p :p

22nd Nov 2004, 21:09
Why bother????? ;)

22nd Nov 2004, 21:13
OpsMops gottit nearly right:

"Is this a question ?" ...

.. "Only if this is an answer"

22nd Nov 2004, 21:18
But if there is no answer ?

Atlas Shrugged
22nd Nov 2004, 21:34
then there is no question.


22nd Nov 2004, 22:26
Should a rhetorical question get a rhetorical answer?

Why not?

22nd Nov 2004, 22:27
Heard a story there was once a essay in the Australian high school cert.

"What is apathy?"

I don't know and I don't care.

100% and straight to the front of the class!

22nd Nov 2004, 22:28
That's not a question.

THIS is a question!?

Atlas Shrugged
22nd Nov 2004, 23:33
.......and then?....................

Onan the Clumsy
22nd Nov 2004, 23:35
Well just because there is no answer doesn't mean it isn't a question.

for instance "What are those blonde hairs on your pullover...Darling?"

What answer should you give to THAT eh?

Feeton Terrafirma
22nd Nov 2004, 23:39
I treat everything as a question.

Makes life simple then, ya never get confused. At least I don't think you do? :confused:

23rd Nov 2004, 00:31
Yeah ! Tell me about it ! :ugh:

Le Pen
23rd Nov 2004, 03:34
Come on Drapes...........

We're all busting a gut to hear your take on this.

Well I am anyway


23rd Nov 2004, 05:09
There is the tale of the exam paper which contained only one question, "what is bravery?".

One student wrote, "this is", and left.

He passed.

23rd Nov 2004, 07:20
What is the answer? I've already forgotten the bl**dy question... :}

23rd Nov 2004, 07:34
Supposed to have been set in a Cambridge philosophy exam.
The answer that got the 1st Class degree was reputed to have been:-

"No. But this is an answer".

23rd Nov 2004, 08:14
I'm sorry, what was the question again?

23rd Nov 2004, 08:14
Onan "What are those blonde hairs on your pullover...Darling?" What answer should you give to THAT eh? Sounds like you need to buy yourself a labrador. :E

Send Clowns
23rd Nov 2004, 11:17
Surely the only correct answer would be an unqualified "Yes". It is a question. It is not a useful question, but that was not a condition.

23rd Nov 2004, 11:48
It depends where the emphasis is in the question.

Is "this" a question? No. "This" isn't a question.

23rd Nov 2004, 12:45

I think you just got yourelf a 1st as well.

Send Clowns
23rd Nov 2004, 13:06

Ah, so we have a definitive answer: If "this" in the question refers to the question itself, then the answer is yes, if the question refers only to the term "this", then the answer is no.

23rd Nov 2004, 15:30
But, SC. It has not yet been determined if 'Is this a question' or 'Is this a question' or 'Is this a question' or 'Is this a question'. Or any combination therof is THE question.

The answer must therfore be no or yes. Or Maybe. But not neccessarily in that order.


23rd Nov 2004, 15:51
If we are now talking questions, then surely we have to adopt an Australian accent and end every phrase with that little rising inflection that sounds like a verbal question mark:eek:

Not quite sure how one does that in print......but no doubt someone will explain:confused:

Send Clowns
23rd Nov 2004, 17:22
Emphasis on "Is", "a" or "question" gives the same answer - yes, as the question is singular. Only emphasis on "this", which I think should really be denoted by quotation marks, is the only alternative, which I had taken into account, so my answer, as amended by Aerbabe, stands as far as I see, MD.

Maybe is not really possible - it either is or it isn't. Since the answer is determined only by the exact meaning of the question, I don't think a "maybe" is reasonable. Now I'm getting confused.

Discuss :confused:

24th Nov 2004, 18:10
Is "this" a question?

If the emphasis is on the "this" then context is required.

eg Mrs SLF holds up jumpers enquiring as to whether it suited her....

"FFS! Yes"

29th Nov 2004, 03:15
How much Guinness does it take to "pop" the question? ;)

29th Nov 2004, 05:39
I'm sorry, but due to the current security climate, if that were a question then I wouldnt be able to answer it. Then again if its not a question i wont have to answer.

Any way due to not finishing year 1, Im not qualified to determin e whether its aquestion or not.

Now I confused:hmm: :confused: :confused:

29th Nov 2004, 07:50
It all depends on what is means..

29th Nov 2004, 08:20
Yes, but has anyone defined what "means" means ?