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A label for the main use (or discourse function) of an interrogative clause. For example, Will you dance with me? is an interrogative structure which can be used as a question to elicit either a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response. Other clause types can also be used to ask questions, e.g. the declarative clause You will dance with me? This would normally be used to make a statement, but can be used as a question if it is pronounced with a rising intonation. See also clause type, command, directive, statement.

question word

A word such as who, what, why, and when used in interrogative clauses, typically to ask questions (e.g. Who called you? What did you eat for breakfast?).
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