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On Questions and Answers

As I waited for my softball field to become available (thanks to the umpire on it, we were now running 40 minutes behind — God, I hate umpires who don’t know how to keep games on time — I spoke to my umpire in chief about various softball-related matters. I asked questions and he gave insights thanks to his 30-something years of experience.

Finally, I said, “I have a question.”

He responded, “You just did.”

I said, “No I didn’t. That was a simple declarative sentence. Now, I had a question, in fact, I had many questions, and you answered them.”

He laughed.

Writing about this a few days later, it reminded me of similar exchanges I’ve seen in which a person raises his/her hand to ask a question, only to have the question answered before called upon.

The speaker finally acknowledges the questioner by saying, “Do you still have a question?” or something to that effect.

The person responds, “No, you answered it.”

Actually, the person still had the question, but it was answered. It would be more correct to say, “Yes, and you answered it” or “Yes, but you answered it.”

Any questions?

Until next time! Use the right words!

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May 31, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

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