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Meaning of alternative question

alter'native ques"tion

Pronunciation: [key]
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  1. a question that offers the listener a choice of two or more alternatives and is characterized by rising intonation on each alternative except for the final one, which has falling intonation, as Would you like coffee, tea, or soda?
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