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Do you miss me?

  • Could you please tell me if it is an interrogative sentence semantically or a declarative one?

The fuller text is:

She sits down on the bed in the gloomy room and pulls her husband’s cell out of her pocket and looks at it. [...] Then she looks at the texts. She starts from the top of the list, ignoring names of people she knows, but then she sees a woman’s name she doesn’t recognize. She clicks on it and opens the text [...]

Idk. I have to go away this weekend with the nag.

When will I see you again?

[...] She fights tears and continues reading.

> I miss you terribly!

> Do you miss me?

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    I don't quite follow who's saying what in that text-message conversation. It's possible such a question in context could be a rhetorical question. Consider the kind of affectionate patter between lovers, or between parent and (typically young) child, where a question is asked, basically repeating what has just been said, only in question form. I'm tired and would like to go to bed. -- Oh, is my baby tired?
    – TimR
    Aug 27, 2018 at 19:59
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo So, do you mean it isn't a real question semantically?
    – Peace
    Aug 27, 2018 at 20:05
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    The semantics are complicated. The asker already knows the answer but is asking the question solicitously (or in mock-solicitude when sarcasm is involved). My example could be paraphrased (on a semantic level) as "I'm sorry, I did not realize you were tired" and in that case it's a statement in question form.
    – TimR
    Aug 27, 2018 at 20:16
  • @Jason Bassford I mean declarative sentence not declarative question that you've mentioned below as a answer's comment.
    – Peace
    Aug 28, 2018 at 5:08
  • @Peace Ah! Somehow I had misinterpreted that. In that case, I have to agree with the answer given. Even if no answer is required, a rhetorical question is still asking a question. But it's also only an assumption (or one possibility) that this is rhetorical in the first place—it could easily be expressing doubt and asking for confirmation instead. Aug 28, 2018 at 6:14

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Based on the sources I could find, this is an interrogative sentence; the auxiliary verb (do) precedes the subject of the sentence, and the sentence ends in a question mark. In addition, by the intuitive definition that interrogative sentences are those which ask questions, this is quite clearly interrogative.

sources: https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-an-interrogative-sentence-1691183 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interrogative https://www.english-grammar-revolution.com/helping-verbs.html

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