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interrogative

adjective in·ter·rog·a·tive \ ˌin-tə-ˈrä-gə-tiv \

Definition of interrogative

1 a : used in a question
b : having the form or force of a question

interrogatively

adverb

Examples of interrogative in a Sentence

  1. “Did you go to school today?” is an interrogative sentence.

  2. an interrogative pronoun such as “who”

  3. She had an interrogative expression on her face.

  4. an interrogative tone of voice

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First Known Use of interrogative

15th century


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interrogative

noun

Definition of interrogative

1 : a word (such as who, what, which) or a particle (such as Latin -ne) used in asking questions
2 : question 1a

Examples of interrogative in a Sentence

  1. though she phrased it as an interrogative, it was clear that the utterance was more of a command

Recent Examples of interrogative from the Web

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First Known Use of interrogative

1522

interrogative Synonyms

Synonyms
question, problem
Related Words
brainteaser, conundrum, poser, puzzle, quiz, riddle, stickler, stumper, toughie (also toughy)
Near Antonyms
answer, response, solution

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms



INTERROGATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

interrogative

adjective

Definition of interrogative for English Language Learners

  • grammar : having the form of a question rather than a statement or command

  • : used to ask a question

  • : asking a question : having the form or force of a question


interrogative

noun

Definition of interrogative for English Language Learners

  • grammar : a word (such as who, what, or which ) that is used in asking a question


INTERROGATIVE Defined for Kids

interrogative

adjective in·ter·rog·a·tive \ ˌin-tə-ˈrä-gə-tiv \

Definition of interrogative for Students

: having the form or force of a question
  • an interrogative sentence


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