late Middle English: from Old French question (noun), questionner (verb), from Latin quaestio(n-), from quaerere 'ask, seek'
There are three main types of question in English:Yes/no questionThese expect the answer yes or no (or possibly I don't know):Are they good jobs? Did he know just how deeply his father was opposed to things? Either/or questionA variant on the yes/no question is one which offers a choice of response:Do you want a strong cup or a weak one? Here the respondent can't answer yes or no; the only possible answers are a strong cup or a weak one.Question-word questionThese are sometimes described as ‘open’ questions, because they allow the respondent a freer choice of answer. They begin with one of these words:who(m) which what when where why how For example:Why are you doing this? Who has the papers? Not all questions fail into one of these three groups. Sometimes a question is asked using a regular statement pattern:You have the papers? We indicate to a reader that it is a question by placing a question mark at the end of the sentence. In speech the voice is raised at the end of the sentence, rather than falling as it does at the end of a statement.