a question asked in direct speech, such as Why did you come?: Compare indirect question
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How to use direct question in a sentence
He was adept at deflecting a direct question with an anecdote or a bromide presented as a confidence.
Rubio is doing well, she said, because he is seen as someone who is willing to answer a direct question.
Even AIPAC is on board, at least when asked a direct question.
He recalled the man's reply to Benny's direct question—he had said he was going to stay as long as they would let him.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
It was a direct question, and to be answered with directness, and he watched Tula anxiously lest she say the wrong thing.The Treasure Trail | Marah Ellis Ryan
Instead of a direct reply to the direct question, I have received in return a response to a question that I had not asked.My Religion | Leo Tolstoy
But just before they came out again upon the road, her father stopped her and asked a direct question.Orley Farm | Anthony Trollope
"That's an argument in favor of cremation, at any rate," replied Dear Jones, evading the direct question.Tales of Fantasy and Fact | Brander Matthews