REPEAT PLEASE QUESTION
Introducton to Repeat Please Questions
Repeat please questions are often uttered when the asker either did not hear or understand the information he or she was given or is having difficulty accepting it. This type of wh- questionOpens in new window frequently functions as a request for verification.
Repeat please questions can have two word orders:
- question word order with the wh- word fronted, as in 3a), or
- normal declarative statement word order, shown in 3b).
Both have rising intonation. A greater degree of stress on the wh- word and a higher rise in the intonation patterns signal a greater degree of surprise on the part of the asker.