Many people can and have made the argument that rhetoric as a whole is used more often in informal writing and speech.
When should you use a rhetorical question rather than a sentence? If I had to squeeze that into the format of a sentence, that would be really strange.
“So sometimes, you should use a question rather than a sentence.” That doesn’t have quite the same punch.
They also can be patronizing; rhetorical questions are used to capture the attention of students. In the wrong scenario, it makes the reader unconsciously feel childish — think .
It will interrupt a thought, distract or off-put a reader, and, if used abundantly, cause irritation.
Or rather, are you trying to be overly conversational in a way that actually is off-putting to a reader?
Do you feel like you’re pestering your reader with questions like an interviewer or a car salesman who assumes they know their audience intimately, when they really don’t?
Here’s a reminder: In writing, the majority of questions asked are rhetorical; they are meant to lead to the answer, which the writer later relates.
Often confused with nonsensical questions, rhetorical questions are most often used to illustrate a point and are used as a part of a larger argument in writing.
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