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Thursday, September 12, 2013

How To Ask Questions

In various Q&A sessions, I have seen that many people do not understand what the "Q" stands for. Instead, they give speeches and have to be prodded into asking a question.

To avoid that problem, I have prepared the following tutorial.

Questions must be begin with one of the following words: who, what, where, when, why, how, which, if, can, do, does, did, is, are, was, were, would, could, or should. One of those words should be the first thing out of your mouth when asking a question.

That's basically it. Many people like to preface a question with a statement- as in "John said laws are like squid gonads. What did he mean?". A better way to ask the question would be "What did John mean when he said laws are like squid gonads?".

Politicians often speak for several minutes before getting to a question. How incredibly irritating that is!

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