I came across a question called "question about that-clause" (M. Swan- Practical English Usage). What I wish to understand is what kind of meaning these questions express. For instance, what are the differences between

What did you say you wanted for Christmas.


What did you want for Christmas?


What did you say you wanted for Christmas?

The primary focus here is on what you said. What you said may or may not be what you really meant.


What did you want for Christmas?

is asking what you really wanted for Christmas.

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  • Hm... ok, Thank you. But in general when we may use that kind of questions? For instance, when we're asking about what we don't really concern, are we? – Dmitrii Bundin Oct 12 '14 at 19:32

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