Interrogatives are sentences that ask questions. They come in a number of subtypes:
- Yes/No Questions (also known as polar questions) can be responded to by yes, no or maybe. They ask for a choice among alternatives . English: Are you going? Gaelic" A' bheil thu a' dol?
- Wh-questions ask for additional contentful information. English what did you eat?, Gaelic: Dè a dh'tih thu?
- Tag questions, ask for confirmation. They are structured as a declarative with a question "tag" which contrasts in negative polarity with the statement: English "We're going, aren't we?" Gaelic Tha sinn a' falbh, nach eil?"
- Echo Questions repeat a previously heard statement but with rising intonation. They are used to ask for confirmation or express surprise. English: He left?, Gaelic: Dh'fhalbh e?
- Declarative (definition)
- Exclamation (definition)
- Imperative Mood (definition)
- Sentence Type (definition)
- Yes No Questions
- Wh Questions
- Tag Questions
- Echo Questions
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