or $64 ques·tion
[ siks-tee-fawr-dol-er kwes-chuh n, -fohr- ]
/ ˈsɪks tiˌfɔrˈdɒl ər ˈkwɛs tʃən, -ˌfoʊr- /
the critical or basic question or problem: Whether the measure will get through Congress this session or not is the sixty-four-dollar question.
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Direct Questions vs. Reported DialogueA direct question is when you ask a question by speaking directly (e.g. “How are you doing today?”). Reported dialogue is when you report what someone else says (e.g. “Joan asked how you’re doing today.”). Reported dialogue usually uses the third person point of view. Direct Questions Direct questions usually include interrogative pronouns or adverbs. Interrogative pronouns and adverbs include words like as who, what, …
Origin of sixty-four-dollar question
from the fact that 64 dollars was the largest prize on a popular radio quiz show in the 1940s
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