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We often ask rhetorical questions with a hope that people don’t respond to it literally. Here’s a definition if you’re wondering what a rhetorical question is:

A rhetorical question is a question that you ask without expecting an answer. The question might be one that does not have an answer. It might also be one that has an obvious answer but you have asked the question to make a point, to persuade or for literary effect.

Nevertheless, Indians have always been the avant-garde in the advancement of the English language. There is absolutely nothing that we cannot able to do!! Another invention of the Indianised English, to add to our longstanding tradition of closing taps, calling cousin brothers and sisters, coping up with things, is the art of converting a statement into a question by just changing the tone of the statement. In fact, this is so common that we don’t even realise it. Here’s an example:

You have the car keys?

You locked the door?

Of course, while talking, with the tone, and by the addition of a ‘no’ or a ‘na’ at the end of the sentence (based on your geographical origin in India), we convert it into a question. I thus present you the anti-rhetorical question: a statement that is made to sound like a question. So the next time someone tries to snub you with a rhetorical question, you shoot them back an anti-rhetorical, and then point it out! Happy arguing!

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