Meaning of QUESTION in English

QUESTION

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

$64,000 question, the

The $64,000 question is whether or not the rocket will take off safely.

a basic question

The interviewer will ask you some basic questions about your education and work experience.

a crucial question

She seemed to be trying to avoid the crucial question.

a fundamental question

To reach a solution several fundamental questions need to be answered.

a key issue/question/point

The environment became a key issue during the election.

a matter/point/question of honour (= something you feel you must do because of your moral beliefs )

To my mum, paying bills on time is a point of honour.

a personal question

That’s a rather personal question.

a reasonable question

Here is one possible answer to that very reasonable question.

a test question

Some of the test questions were really difficult.

address a problem/question/issue etc

Our products address the needs of real users.

an essay question

We practised essay questions from previous exam papers.

an exam question

Read the exam questions carefully before writing your answers.

an examination question

Read the examination questions carefully before writing your answers.

an interview question

Some of the interview questions were quite difficult to answer.

an obvious question

The obvious question is: why?

an open question

The matter remains an open question .

answered...question

He still hadn’t answered my question .

awkward questions

I hoped he would stop asking awkward questions .

deal with an issue/matter/question

New laws were introduced to deal with the issue.

detained...for questioning

Two suspects have been detained by the police for questioning .

discuss the question/subject

We’d never discussed the question of having children.

dodge an issue/question

Senator O'Brian skilfully dodged the crucial question.

ducked...question

Glazer ducked a question about his involvement in the bank scandal.

embarrassing questions

She asked a lot of embarrassing questions .

ethical issues/questions/problems

The use of animals in scientific tests raises difficult ethical questions.

evaded...question

The minister evaded the question .

fielded questions

The Minister fielded questions on the Middle East.

hypothetical situation/example/question

Brennan brought up a hypothetical case to make his point.

pertinent questions

He asked me a lot of very pertinent questions .

put a question (to sb)

I will be putting that very question to her.

question a witness

They were not permitted to question government witnesses.

question mark

A big question mark hangs over the company’s future.

question master

question tag

question the merits of sth (= not be sure if something is a good idea )

People began to question the merits of nuclear energy.

question/doubt the wisdom of (doing) sth

Local people are questioning the wisdom of spending so much money on a new road.

question/interrogate/interview a suspect

Police confirmed that six suspects are being questioned.

questions remain unanswered

Many other questions remain unanswered .

question/suspect sb’s motive (= think that someone might have selfish or dishonest reasons for doing something )

They began to question the motives of the people who held positions of power.

raised...question

Betty raised the important question of who will be in charge.

reopen a case/question/debate etc

attempts to reopen the issue of the power station’s future

rephrase...question

OK. Let me rephrase the question .

resolve an issue/matter/question

Has the issue been resolved yet?

sarcastic remark/comment/question

He can’t help making sarcastic comments.

searching questions/investigation/examination etc

Interviewees need to be ready for some searching questions.

settle a question/matter

It is the area of pricing which may settle the question of which to buy.

solve a question

Did they really think the Jerusalem question would be solved in a week?

stupid idea/question

Whose stupid idea was this?

tackle a problem/issue/question

The government has failed to tackle the problem of youth crime.

tag question

taken in for questioning

All five teenagers were arrested and taken in for questioning .

the police question/interview sb

Police are questioning two men about the deaths.

the question of how

This still leaves the question of how local services should be funded.

tough questions

The reporters were asking a lot of tough questions .

undergo questioning/interrogation (= answer questions from the police )

Mrs White underwent 20 hours of questioning, and admitted nothing.

venture an opinion/question/word etc

If we had more information, it would be easier to venture a firm opinion.

Roy ventured a tentative smile.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

awkward

Don't be afraid to ask awkward questions .

Missile defence has a political momentum that makes a supposedly awkward question such as whether it really works pale almost into irrelevance.

Overfamiliarity at this stage also makes asking awkward questions more difficult.

The extra thirty days for a successful crossing raised some awkward questions .

But the Basle convention fails to offer a watertight answer to the awkward question: which waste is hazardous?

To have assumed otherwise would have been to raise a number of awkward questions .

He's asking awkward questions , he's probably a spy.

Start thinking Both sides spare themselves awkward questions that badly need to be answered.

big

Ready for action A big question mark hangs over the wisdom of visiting any Arab state at present, writes Mike Harper.

Still, the movie fails to answer the big pirate question: Why are fictional pirates always burying their treasure?

The big question isn't so much how it happened as why?

The big question is just how is it all going to work.

The big question is: Will Dessie wear cycle shorts?

Well, law seemed the broadest umbrella for looking at those big questions .

Many of these leave a very big question mark as to their eternal significance.

The big question is whether other cable companies will follow pioneers such as Comcast.

difficult

The second is the more difficult question .

I prefaced it by saying that these were difficult questions which he was at liberty not to answer.

Redundancies arising from a reduction in work present more difficult questions .

Practice interviewing with a friend who will ask you difficult questions .

This is a difficult question but in practice few spreadsheets need more than 1 or 2 MBytes of expanded memory.

Solicitors therefore take counsel's opinion on difficult or technical questions of law or procedure.

The more difficult question is how long he can continue as a one-man movement.

He then turned to the difficult question as to whether land is capable of passing by donatio mortis causa.

important

Finally, there is the important question of inflation.

This leaves one important question: How does the Republican nominee get more of the black and minority vote?

In addition, there are important questions of interpretation to consider.

It is an important question , because it accounts for the detachment with which disasters were viewed at Salomon.

But this is where important questions are raised concerning the police in society.

Sometimes we can only raise important questions , not answer them.

This raises an important question: with what type of poem, what genre, are we faced here?

The matter of where the real values lie seems to me to be the final important question of this book.

key

Fluoride can be harmful; the key question is, at what concentrations does it become toxic in the body?

The key question is, of course, how much inequality can government prevent before the too-much limit is reached.

The key question is how flexibility will be applied in sensitive areas such as foreign policy.

The key question has become how information is organized, who has access to it, and why.

Constantly ask yourself what key questions reading this book is going to help to answer.

It will ensure that these key questions are relevant.

A key question concerns the types of social contact that may be associated with a high risk of transmission of P cepacia.

A key question is whether firms should be able to decide which regulatory body to join.

obvious

An obvious question is the nature of the morphogen.

The obvious question is how long the present authoritative regime will be able to resist the pressures.

The obvious question is: Why?

The obvious question to ask would be: why do mice give birth to mice and elephants to elephants?

Nurture Researchers probing the environmental side of the alcoholism coin begin with the obvious question: Why do people drink?

The next obvious question concerns the reasonableness of such a range of conditions.

Which raises an obvious question: Why do humans have such a powerful urge to consume this poison?

unanswered

All this, while the field is festooned with unanswered question marks!

The space between them was filling up with unasked and unanswered questions .

Future chroniclers may, indeed, describe the 1996 confrontation as the campaign of unanswered questions .

These unanswered questions serve to highlight the practicalities which prescriptions of this kind ignore.

Please do not hesitate to make contact with me in the event that this letter leaves unanswered any questions you might have.

But it left some unanswered questions .

■ NOUN

mark

Then there are notes and figures relating to the library with a lot of question marks .

Light brown jacket, question mark shirt, without a hat.

They grew up in the Depression, when the certainty of a meal was a question mark .

One of the keys dispensed with was the question mark .

Most people stick with basic punctuation marks: commas, periods, and question marks when appropriate.

All the mirrors grew convex, she fingered the globe in its pregnant question mark .

■ VERB

address

However, such historical studies as do address this question indicate that all members do not benefit equally.

It addresses such questions as: Can a teacher who ridicules students be found guilty of slander?

This symposium will address the question of effects of chemical substances on reproductive systems to both females and males.

And because sperm now can be extracted after death, doctors must address the ethical questions raised by the lack of permission.

The majority of the sample did address the question about time off work.

Developers of organizational electronic commerce applications must address these questions if they are to be successful.

That is, he addresses the question of the state.

In coming toward the end of our book, we must address the question that is the title of this chapter.

answer

Miss Menzies couldn't be very helpful about the Datsun, though she answered all his questions very readily.

Go to the previews that have the items on display and talk to the specialists who are on hand to answer questions .

In any case she didn't answer my question .

All of a sudden his cooperation ceased, and he refused to answer any further questions .

Shortly after, however, he was seen out on the campaign trail, but refused to answer any questions .

But nobody could answer the questions .

Civil servants are also instructed not to answer questions about their own part in the conduct of business.

Two of those people were then able to bring their score up to nineteen and one managed to answer all twenty questions .

ask

Why waste everyone's time asking questions which need not be asked when the information is already there?

They asked my mom questions , and then they gave me a chance to say something after all the stuff was done.

Endill would ask Mr Litmus question after question and he was the only teacher who did not mind answering.

As we finish, the woman asks an-other question .

Don't ask questions or ask closed questions.

Even if you win, you lose. 9. Ask questions .

Let the hon. Gentleman ask his question - but briefly please.

Bob asks the questions then explains how the youngsters maintain his enthusiasm.

beg

Plenty of helices are not so stick-like, and of course the argument begs the question of how, rather than why.

But that begs the real question: Who is Speedo Man?

For they beg the questions they ask by simply assuming the truth of individualism.

To say that sexuality exists in the brain simply begs the question .

But Maria's presence actually begs a question since it's the sole moment when a startling presence swoops out of the mix.

It begs the question of what pictures will be sacrificed in order to track Sanders.

But, it also begs some questions .

It is begging the question just to ask it.

pose

None the less, he had clearly purported to pose the question of whether a caution was required, but had not answered it.

He survived the surgery, and I cautiously began to pose questions .

The segregation of school pupils who have disabilities or learning difficulties poses this question immediately.

Simply put, eVote lets people pose questions and conduct votes using e-mail.

Yet nostalgia movies pose a curious question of cinema sociology: what precisely will their posterity be?

Fortunately, some scientists saw them as posing tractable scientific questions and offering new insights.

Even to pose such questions reminds us that there was a large element of chance in the emergence of Mrs Thatcher.

The month before, they had an opportunity to pose some questions to a pediatrician.

put

I think it unlikely that there is any further evidence which would put the question beyond doubt.

He let him approach and drink of the black blood, then put his question to him.

The right hon. Member has a right to put his question .

It was accounted great discourtesy to put any question to a guest before his wants had been satisfied.

There was one man who soon put that out of the question .

And I saw another man with a wheel on his head and put a question to him.

I want to put a specific question to the Minister.

The House is considering whether to put to voters the question of whether slots should be legal.

raise

This raises the question as to whether the genuineness of the Church should be judged by its effectiveness in achieving growth.

The succession also raises immediate questions about the qualifications of Westin, who has no news background.

In effect this raises the question , to whom is the duty of fairness owed?

I raised the question of my own existence.

Shawcross raises these questions within the context of disaster relief but they have a broader setting.

The kind of dependence that marriage creates between adult spouses raises substantive questions of status and power.

This raises the question of whether it is necessary to represent objects at the single cell level.

This raises the question , did the plumes cause the Pangaean crust to fracture?

resolve

Although I can not give a date, we intend to proceed just as soon as we can resolve the question of the contract.

They subsequently found it difficult to talk about organization structure without first resolving questions of strategy.

There have been book-length studies devoted to trying to resolve the question of Doctor Faustus's text.

Gorbachev wrote that only he and Reagan, talking together, could resolve the questions he raised.

Consider the origin of both of these sources, and comment on their value in resolving this question . 13.

Would starting my own business help me resolve these questions ? 5.

There is no obvious way of resolving the question of crowd composition.

Flores, to resolve the question .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(that's a) good idea/point/question

a loaded question

a moot point/question

It's a moot point whether this is censorship.

It is a moot point whether hierarchies exist outside our own thought processes.

Quite how long Lord Young was proposing to delay publication is a moot point.

This, of course, is a moot point.

When you go to a place called Texas Bone, deciding what to order becomes a moot point.

Whether the law should be this is a moot point.

Whether they have appeared as part of the C. and A.G.'s audit is a moot point.

Whether this input has made a significant impact on the pattern of activity is a moot point.

a pointed question/look/remark

As he left the office he locked it behind him, with a pointed look at Bob.

a thorny question/problem/issue etc

In addition, sending encrypted data over international boundaries represents a thorny issue: it is still illegal in some countries.

Melding the top managements also would be a thorny issue.

None of these struck me as particularly penetrating answers to a thorny problem.

a trick question

be open to question/doubt

The authenticity of the relics is open to doubt.

Their motives are open to question.

But whether Republicans want to cooperate is open to question.

Even if, as is open to question, screen violence really does invite emulation, that is the wrong approach.

In particular, the significance of the small number who say their work has been deskilled is open to question.

It also is open to question how well equipped courts are to make this kind of determination-about the workings of economic markets.

The entire business of basing regulations on animal tests is open to question.

The President acceded to the Chancellor's request for two reasons, both of which were open to question.

Whether the yeast could ever be as abundant as this is open to question.

Whether this kind of Labour Party is capable of winning a general election is open to doubt.

beg the question

All this begs the question about the reliability of Mr Dole's gut.

It begs the question of what pictures will be sacrificed in order to track Sanders.

It is begging the question just to ask it.

Plenty of helices are not so stick-like, and of course the argument begs the question of how, rather than why.

Such measures, of course, beg the question in many ways.

To say that seems to me really to beg the question.

To say that sexuality exists in the brain simply begs the question.

Which rather begs the question-shouldn't there be a governing body that regulates such questionable decisions?

broach the subject/question/matter etc

But what was still troubling her was the fact that she had still not broached the subject of Janice.

He broached the matter carefully while Marshall put a match to some logs in the grate.

I never broached the subject with him again.

It was half a year, he thought, since she had last broached the subject of his bachelor status.

It was nine o'clock and they had been driven in by the mosquitoes before he broached the subject of the night before.

Now, popular magazines regularly broach the subject.

Popular magazines now broach the subject of mental illness, while the government is encouraging research into mental health.

When, two months later, Father van Exem broached the subject, the Archbishop was actually quite upset about the idea.

burning issue/question

Another burning issue is unfair dismissal.

But the burning question is: How many times a day do kids wander in looking to buy rolling papers?

It can also lead to the efficacy of our advice becoming the burning issue of discussion.

Quality, of design and typography rather than editorial matter, is a burning issue as far as desktop publishing is concerned.

The burning question is - how soon?

The star trek is over for today, but the burning questions are still unanswered.

Transmission has always been the burning issue for scientists interested in studying this epidemic.

call (sth) into question

And while the injunctions are subject to unwitting acceptance, it is impossible to call them into question.

Nothing that has happened since has called that judgment into question.

fire questions at sb

The Professor had finished, and Ace and Daak were firing questions at her.

The young man took the seat behind the cold metal desk and began to fire questions at me.

it's (only/just) a matter/question of time

But they believe it's only a matter of time before the disease crosses the county boundary.

If he hasn't already killed somebody, then it's only a matter of time .

They think it's only a matter of time before he breaks.

leading question

All right, I won't ask leading questions.

For example, a leading question may take the respondent outside the bounds of the context of everyday life.

In answer to a leading question about the temperature Of the room, he reflected that it had been cold and draughty.

It makes me worry, all those leading questions with hidden assumptions that detectives like to ask suspects.

Never did she ask leading questions or provide suggestions.

To arrive there the counsellor has to stop talking, and in order to stop talking, answerable and leading questions are required.

pepper sb with questions

At every stop, reporters peppered her with questions.

As the doctor tends the grandfather, the young man peppers him with questions.

Later, students peppered King with questions.

The justices peppered the attorneys with questions.

ply sb with questions

She had been there before and was very tolerant of the young man plying her with questions.

Ungerer spent a long time plying them with questions.

pop the question

Jane was delighted when Matt eventually popped the question.

When are you going to pop the question?

Boy goes back on radio and pops the question.

He put a ladder up to her office window to pop the question as she sat at her desk.

Meanwhile, his girlfriend of 17 years, Jenette, was delighted when Brian popped the question.

pose a question

The magazine posed a list of questions to each of the candidates.

He survived the surgery, and I cautiously began to pose questions.

In their minds, buying a gown poses questions more complicated than chiffon or lace.

It is open to the House to ask for reports, and it can pose questions at any time.

Olajuwon stopped by to visit and pose a question: Could Pond help him get to college in the United States?

Simply put, eVote lets people pose questions and conduct votes using e-mail.

That poses a question about their very nature.

Yet these two enemies are also enemies of each other, which poses a question.

pursue the matter/argument/question etc

Anxious to avoid further difficulty, Harriet did not pursue the matter.

I regret that they were unable to pursue the matter any further.

If you feel upset by an apparent unfairness, pursue the matter through the grievance procedure.

It is capable of extension, but we shall not pursue the matter here.

She wouldn't put it past him but in the brilliant afternoon heat she wasn't inclined to pursue the matter.

There was no need to pursue the matter any further prior to arrest.

rhetorical question

A rhetorical question, but asked with deep feeling.

But rhetorical questions can be over-used, especially where answers to the questions do not follow immediately.

Consider these two rhetorical questions, from an essay on Othello: Does this tell us about Shakespeare?

His critics even smile in anticipation of a rhetorical question meeting with a devastating reply.

That is not a rhetorical question.

The rhetorical question rightly goes unanswered, and the following paragraph consigns the missio unmourned to the shades.

The two extremes can be expressed in the form of two rhetorical questions.

These and other rhetorical questions are asked in a spirit of humility with no stones clutched, hidden in the hand.

shoot questions at sb

The prosecutor shot a series of rapid questions at Hendrickson.

sidestep a problem/issue/question

But she sidesteps a question about her priorities in a time of limited funding.

stock excuse/question/remark etc

table a proposal/question/motion etc

Baldwin tabled proposals which involved payments of £34 million a year.

Even our own wets will summon up the courage to table a question or two.

He has tabled a question on the issue for tomorrow's council meeting.

If the hon. Gentleman wants to table a question or write to me, I shall be glad to enlarge upon that.

The move came after a vote by regents indefinitely tabling a motion to rescind their July 20 vote revising admissions policies.

The Umpires' Association had planned to table a motion giving an official vote of support for Lamb.

the larger issues/question/problem/picture

But the larger picture is systematically distorted by the military and political calculations concerning the strategic uses of information and disinformation.

Here we are concerned with the larger problem of the relationship between men as a class and other animals as a class.

It has come to have a bearing on the larger questions of civilized survival.

Mission-driven budgets relieve legislators of micromanagement decisions, freeing them to focus on the larger problems they were elected to solve.

She was blind to the larger picture that involves building and maintaining good relationships with both fellow-workers and superiors.

That ignorance is at the root of geophysicists' struggle with the larger problem of how the whole earth works.

Too much, and the larger picture might become apparent.

You failed to connect the various elements together or to move through the detail to the larger issues of the painting.

there is a question mark over sth/a question mark hangs over sth

throw a question/remark etc (at sb)

One day, as she was scolding me, I suddenly threw a question at her.

Sally arranged herself on his other side and they walked him away, throwing questions at him.

These disparities throw a question mark over the accuracy of social costs data.

touchy subject/question etc

He also knew the answers to some touchy questions.

Morris's lasting influence is a touchy subject at the White House.

You know money is a touchy subject with me.

vexed question/issue/problem etc

A paradigm example of this is the vexed question of spatial visualisation.

And there is another vexed question.

I shall not turn to the vexed question of the national minimum wage.

Potentially an even bigger bombshell is about to burst on the vexed question of pension rights.

The vexed question has always been: Who should write the programs which control these machines?

Then there is the vexed issue of paying for tax cuts.

Until recently what was on the child's school record and whether parent or child could see it was a vexed question.

Was the vexed question of extradition discussed at the Council?

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Does anyone have any further questions?

Eventually his questioners realized he was not the man they wanted and let him go.

How can we best help less developed countries? That's the really important question .

I hate it when strangers ask me questions about my private life.

In the 1980s the question of whether photography was an art went to court.

Jim Lehrer was the only questioner of the candidates in the debate.

Mr Hayes is being kept at Newham police station for questioning.

Several questions had still not been resolved.

That's a very difficult question to answer.

The lawyer's questioning of the witness did not go on as long as expected.

The real question here is how can we integrate asylum seekers into communities.

There were several questions Melanie wanted to ask the interviewer.

These operations can save lives, but they raise difficult questions about animal rights.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Are you getting paid to ask questions or unload trucks?

Beyond the question of weight loss, olestra raises some messy health issues.

Gorbachev wrote that only he and Reagan, talking together, could resolve the questions he raised.

It is all a question of time.

Last fall, questions were raised about the purchase of a $ 9. 2 million worth of fencing.

One more question you might ask yourself is: Is it Worth the Fight?

Recent literature on public opinion has managed to shed fascinating new light on that age-old question .

She answered the questions in her interrogation with perfect candour, but her answers had the effect of crystallising her basic thinking.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

why

This leads Ponyboy to question why he and his friends' attack people.

By election day, many observers will question why Bill Clinton and Bob Dole were nominated and why they are running.

From these you can begin questioning why you are spending so much time on certain activities and less on others.

She never questioned why she was working so hard.

At school and university people are encouraged to question why things must be done, rather than accept orders passively.

Some days it makes me question why I went to jail.

The report will question why medical staff working with him did not blow the whistle on his activities.

■ NOUN

assumption

One must also question the assumption that single-discipline degrees are themselves immaculately unified.

Because we are still questioning the assumptions , there are no theories.

And she knew she was annoying them whenever she questioned their assumptions .

Odilon Redon questioned the universal assumption that the photographic image was a transmitter of truth.

Reworking her rich and cultural history to question Western attitudes and assumptions .

The Regional Council also questioned the assumptions on costs in the Government's paper.

There is therefore a need to question this assumption that aggression is a given element which somehow has to be accounted for.

There are at least two reasons to question the assumptions underlying such notions.

decision

He expected her to leave the company without questioning his decision , but he was wrong.

Indeed, many of their old peers questioned their decision to become managers.

He was questioned about the decision not to build a lift at Watford but instead to renew the narrow locks.

The estimated 75,000 people who remain are questioning their decision to stay.

This means primary care needs to continue to develop its own capacity to question the decisions that are being taken.

The journey is going to be hard enough without you questioning every decision I make.

This allows you to question decisions and have your case heard by another senior manager.

He has to question every decision .

motive

Lawyers and supporters of the parents in Orkney questioned both the motives and the methods of this once trusted organisation.

Others question corporate motives and wonder how much we want businesses involved in the schools.

Your Miss MacQuillan says she questions my motives and emphatically will not encourage me to identify her father's killer.

What has happened in the last decade to make anyone question his motives ?

He predicted that devolution would be divisive and questioned the very motives behind the policy.

police

The police questioned policy-wheel operators, gamblers, and hoodlums of all kinds.

He reportedly told police who questioned him after the school attack that he had taken an overdose of tranquilizers.

I only know this, because a police inspector questioned me about it in Venice just a few weeks ago.

Last night police were still questioning the other three men and one woman who were arrested at the site.

Three suspects were taken into custody and police were questioning them Friday morning.

validity

However, no one today would question the validity of these groups.

In this moment of excitement, there is no time to question the validity of these presences.

Yet, as education began to spread, women all over questioned its usefulness and validity .

They have taught their employees never to question its validity .

This doctrine means that a person can not question the validity of a piece of legislation through the courts.

I question the usefulness and validity of this explanation.

value

They are not questioning the potential value of, in this context, high-quality environmental information perse.

No one questions the value or the wisdom of these arrangements.

The people of the world's second-largest economy are questioning the values and ramifications of overheated capitalism.

If competition saves money only by skimping on wages or benefits, for instance, governments should question its value .

Some might even question the value of discussing his work at all.

As recently as 1991 at least one authority still questioned the value of routine measurement of blood pressure under 35.

Am I alone, though, in questioning the value of the poppers on the bellows side pockets?

wisdom

The reader might question the wisdom of leaving oil prices to be determined by purely market forces.

At least one money manager who focuses on emerging markets questions the wisdom of that approach.

Some teachers have questioned the wisdom of supplying tape machines at all for the computer.

In fact, it terrified him, and it made him question the wisdom of getting involved with Gabby.

They question conventional wisdom , they ask awkward questions, they do not speak the jargon.

And he even questioned the wisdom of having such a thing as a World Cup.

■ VERB

detain

Any Negro seen on the streets was detained and questioned .

The captain was detained for questioning .

The Trabant driver was being detained and questioned , as were a dozen onlookers.

lead

This leads Ponyboy to question why he and his friends' attack people.

A study of the tasks that need doing may lead you to question whether there is a vacancy.

This leads me to question the completely illusory quality of such identifications.

The shock of seeing these living fossils of Xinjiang first led him to question their authenticity.

Free inquiry within the liberation movements, then, led to a deep questioning of problematic assumptions in the modern political worldview.

Marcia Pointon's fascinating essay on the contemporary portrait leads us to question the central relationship between artist, sitter and spectator.

Two recent incidents have led me to question my responses in a job that I continue to enjoy and do well.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(that's a) good idea/point/question

a loaded question

a moot point/question

It's a moot point whether this is censorship.

It is a moot point whether hierarchies exist outside our own thought processes.

Quite how long Lord Young was proposing to delay publication is a moot point.

This, of course, is a moot point.

When you go to a place called Texas Bone, deciding what to order becomes a moot point.

Whether the law should be this is a moot point.

Whether they have appeared as part of the C. and A.G.'s audit is a moot point.

Whether this input has made a significant impact on the pattern of activity is a moot point.

a pointed question/look/remark

As he left the office he locked it behind him, with a pointed look at Bob.

a thorny question/problem/issue etc

In addition, sending encrypted data over international boundaries represents a thorny issue: it is still illegal in some countries.

Melding the top managements also would be a thorny issue.

None of these struck me as particularly penetrating answers to a thorny problem.

a trick question

be open to question/doubt

The authenticity of the relics is open to doubt.

Their motives are open to question.

But whether Republicans want to cooperate is open to question.

Even if, as is open to question, screen violence really does invite emulation, that is the wrong approach.

In particular, the significance of the small number who say their work has been deskilled is open to question.

It also is open to question how well equipped courts are to make this kind of determination-about the workings of economic markets.

The entire business of basing regulations on animal tests is open to question.

The President acceded to the Chancellor's request for two reasons, both of which were open to question.

Whether the yeast could ever be as abundant as this is open to question.

Whether this kind of Labour Party is capable of winning a general election is open to doubt.

burning issue/question

Another burning issue is unfair dismissal.

But the burning question is: How many times a day do kids wander in looking to buy rolling papers?

It can also lead to the efficacy of our advice becoming the burning issue of discussion.

Quality, of design and typography rather than editorial matter, is a burning issue as far as desktop publishing is concerned.

The burning question is - how soon?

The star trek is over for today, but the burning questions are still unanswered.

Transmission has always been the burning issue for scientists interested in studying this epidemic.

it's (only/just) a matter/question of time

But they believe it's only a matter of time before the disease crosses the county boundary.

If he hasn't already killed somebody, then it's only a matter of time .

They think it's only a matter of time before he breaks.

leading question

All right, I won't ask leading questions.

For example, a leading question may take the respondent outside the bounds of the context of everyday life.

In answer to a leading question about the temperature Of the room, he reflected that it had been cold and draughty.

It makes me worry, all those leading questions with hidden assumptions that detectives like to ask suspects.

Never did she ask leading questions or provide suggestions.

To arrive there the counsellor has to stop talking, and in order to stop talking, answerable and leading questions are required.

rhetorical question

A rhetorical question, but asked with deep feeling.

But rhetorical questions can be over-used, especially where answers to the questions do not follow immediately.

Consider these two rhetorical questions, from an essay on Othello: Does this tell us about Shakespeare?

His critics even smile in anticipation of a rhetorical question meeting with a devastating reply.

That is not a rhetorical question.

The rhetorical question rightly goes unanswered, and the following paragraph consigns the missio unmourned to the shades.

The two extremes can be expressed in the form of two rhetorical questions.

These and other rhetorical questions are asked in a spirit of humility with no stones clutched, hidden in the hand.

stock excuse/question/remark etc

the larger issues/question/problem/picture

But the larger picture is systematically distorted by the military and political calculations concerning the strategic uses of information and disinformation.

Here we are concerned with the larger problem of the relationship between men as a class and other animals as a class.

It has come to have a bearing on the larger questions of civilized survival.

Mission-driven budgets relieve legislators of micromanagement decisions, freeing them to focus on the larger problems they were elected to solve.

She was blind to the larger picture that involves building and maintaining good relationships with both fellow-workers and superiors.

That ignorance is at the root of geophysicists' struggle with the larger problem of how the whole earth works.

Too much, and the larger picture might become apparent.

You failed to connect the various elements together or to move through the detail to the larger issues of the painting.

there is a question mark over sth/a question mark hangs over sth

touchy subject/question etc

He also knew the answers to some touchy questions.

Morris's lasting influence is a touchy subject at the White House.

You know money is a touchy subject with me.

vexed question/issue/problem etc

A paradigm example of this is the vexed question of spatial visualisation.

And there is another vexed question.

I shall not turn to the vexed question of the national minimum wage.

Potentially an even bigger bombshell is about to burst on the vexed question of pension rights.

The vexed question has always been: Who should write the programs which control these machines?

Then there is the vexed issue of paying for tax cuts.

Until recently what was on the child's school record and whether parent or child could see it was a vexed question.

Was the vexed question of extradition discussed at the Council?

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

After questioning the suspect closely, investigators decided he was not a part of the drug operation.

His leadership and integrity are being questioned.

Liz was very well informed and questioned me about the political situation in Africa.

Roughly 1000 people were questioned in the November poll.

The interviewer questioned Miss Jarvis closely about her computer experience.

The lawyer questioned me about how money was transmitted to Mexico.

They questioned her for three hours before releasing her.

We all wondered where Sylvia got the money, but no one dared question her.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

But Justice Stanley Mosk questioned whether minors are, indeed, entitled to the same privacy rights as adults.

From a historical standpoint, no one can question the Huskers' right to be called a great team.

His sin, anticipating Keynes, was to question the value of limitless saving.

I have had many letters asking for advice and questioning the use of bark and shavings because of coral spot fungus appearing.

They were stopped and questioned by the police, who thought they were the real thing.

What is happening to me? she questioned herself in dismay.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.