Glossary

The Englicious Glossary includes the new National Curriculum glossary terms, which are shown against a white background. However, there's much more to be found here:

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question

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.
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