Definition of interrogative in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)əˈräɡədiv/


1Having or conveying the force of a question: a hard, interrogative stare
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  • But a fair number of people leave out the question marks (for example here, here, and here), which suggests that the interrogative force isn't obvious.
  • The interrogative mood questions the listeners.
  • All the suggestibility scores were highly elevated and indicate that he tends to give in very readily to leading questions and interrogative pressure.
1.1 Grammar Used in questions: an interrogative adverb Contrasted with affirmative and negative.
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  • It was a spontaneous, unrehearsed, utterance of a closed interrogative clause with a complex subject containing an auxiliary.
  • In addition, accusative case on who does not typically survive when the word is shunted to the beginning of an interrogative or relative clause.
  • While you're wrestling with the interrogative particles of Mandarin you could, for example, reflect on the fact that Scotland is on its way to becoming the greatest small country in the world.


1A word used in questions, such as how or what.
Example sentences
  • But imperatives, interrogatives and declaratives are grammatical forms, while demanding action or requesting or giving information are semantic roles.
  • The S2 must answer the five basic interrogatives - who, what, where, when, and most importantly, why.
  • Therefore, S2s must focus on the enemy timeline and the five basic interrogatives for each enemy set.
1.1A construction that has the force of a question.
Example sentences
  • That is, he proposes that the rule about making interrogatives by placing the auxiliary before the subject is to some extent a rule of written English rather than spoken.
  • My previous post cited two examples that provide crucial evidence of the right sort, but those were open interrogatives - how-questions, in fact (sentences like How radical are the changes you're having to make?).
  • ‘Are you willing to work’ is a common interrogative thrown at women in St Kilda, no matter what their purpose or destination.



Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)əˈräɡədivlē/
Example sentences
  • Holly asked, glaring at Noah interrogatively.
  • The solar image is employed interrogatively to explore the mystic function of art as a filtering membrane or translucent window into another dimension.


Early 16th century: from late Latin interrogativus, from Latin interrogare (see interrogate).

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Syllabification: in·ter·rog·a·tive

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