interrogative


interrogative
[[t]ɪ̱ntərɒ̱gətɪv[/t]]
interrogatives
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n An interrogative gesture or tone of voice shows that you want to know the answer to a question. [WRITTEN]

Donovan cocked an interrogative eye at his companion, who nodded in reply.

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2) N-SING: the N In grammar, a clause that is in the interrogative, or in the interrogative mood, has its subject following `do', `be', `have', or a modal verb. Examples are `When did he get back?' and `Are you all right?'. Clauses of this kind are typically used to ask questions.
3) N-COUNT In grammar, an interrogative is a word such as `who', `how', or `why', which can be used to ask a question.

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