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QUESTION, punishment, crim. law. A means sometimes employed, in some countries, by means of torture, to compel supposed great criminals to disclose their accomplices, or to acknowledge their crimes.
     2. This torture is called question, because, as the unfortunate person accused is made to suffer pain, he is asked questions as to his supposed crime or accomplices. The same as torture. This is unknown in the United States. See Poth. Procedure Criminelle, sect. 5, art. 2, Sec. 3.

QUESTION, evidence. An interrogation put to a witness, requesting him to declare the truth of certain facts as far as he knows them.
     2. Questions are either general or leading. By a general question is meant such an one as requires the witness to state all be knows without any suggestion being made to him, as who gave the blow?
     3. A leading question is one which leads the mind of the witness to the answer, or suggests it to him, as did A B give the blow ?
     4. The Romans called a question by which the fact or supposed fact which the interrogator expected, or wished to find asserted, in and by the answer made to the proposed respondent, a suggestive interrogation, as, is not your name A B? Vide Leading Question.

QUESTION, practice. A point on which the parties are not agreed, and which is submitted to the decision of a judge and jury.
     2. When the doubt or difference arises as to what the law is on a certain state of facts, this is said to be a legal question, and when the party demurs, this is to be decided by the court; when it arises as to the truth or falsehood of facts, this is a question of fact, and is to be decided by the jury.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(3) Queries that have been rewritten get better results, including queries of "N + V" and of interrogative sentence. For example, query 1, 3 and 7.
The majority of our consultants were familiar with the interrogative sentences with imperative marking and considered them functional in the contemporary language (only direct 1st and 2nd person questions were generally seen as ill-formed).
Karbordsenasi-ye jomle-ha-ye porsesi dar zaban-e farsi [The pragmatics of interrogative sentences in Persian].
The verb was also found in interrogative sentences, both direct and dependent ones:
Hence in this essay I foreground the structural and epistemological role of interrogative sentences in Rossetti's poetry and argue that they are fundamental to his poetic practice.
Though Gold Fools consists entirely of interrogative sentences, the plot is surprisingly clear.
Exclamation note in network texts has certain features, this punctuation mark is often used in interrogative sentences, and when combined with a comma after the interjections "cool", "thanks" and "well" it denotes agreement, reflection or concession.
The next section is an analysis of the interrogative sentences in order to determine whether all CPs are weak heads and hence explaining the in situ position of its C items in their lower position as the complement of VP.
Errors in the use of 'do' were further classified into 'over use' and 'under use' of 'do' in affirmative, negative and interrogative sentences.
Eliza [9] is a psychotherapeutic counselling system that converts user's utterances into interrogative sentences or makes non-substantive responses, such as "Really?", "I see", or "What happened?", to avoid answering the user clearly.
Haegemann also reinforces the parallelism existing between the syntax of negative and interrogative sentences, something she had already explored in previous works (1993, 1995).
(8.) Interrogative sentences had already been mentioned by Elworthy (1877) and Kruisinga (1905).