Introducton to Repeat Please Questions

Repeat please questions are often uttered when the asker either did not hear or understand the information he or she was given or is having difficulty accepting it. This type of wh- questionOpens in new window frequently functions as a request for verification.

Repeat please questions can have two word orders:

Both have rising intonation. A greater degree of stress on the wh- word and a higher rise in the intonation patterns signal a greater degree of surprise on the part of the asker.