Suppose that someone's trying to avoid, dodge, or hedge at a question, by either:
♦ ignoring the question, even though I wrote it in a letter
♦ answering irrelevantly or a completely different question
♦ or pretending to misunderstand or request clarification.
What are the polite, cordial ways of requesting that my question be answered?
My first try is "Since you didn't answer my question, could you please clarify"?
Yet this sounds too cutting and barbed.
2nd try: "Since you didn't seem to answer my question, ..."
This is less outright, but can do I better?