Litotes — Antithesis — Rhetorical questions

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  In this post I'd like to write about Litotes - Antithesis - Rhetorical questions. Litotes – a two-component structure, in which two negations are joined to give a positive evaluation. For...

 

In this post I'd like to write about Litotes - Antithesis - Rhetorical questions.

Litotes – a two-component structure, in which two negations are joined to give a positive evaluation.

For example:

"She is not as young as she was."

"She's old."

"He's no oil painting."

"He's ugly."

"Not unlike..."

"Like..."

"You are not wrong."

"You are correct."

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Rhetorical questions – a statement reshaped into a question. There is no need to answer on it.

For example:

  • "Who let the dogs out?"
  • "Aren't you ashamed of yourself?
  • "Are you stupid?"
  • "Can you do anything right?"
  • "Is the sky blue?"
  • "Yeah, why not?"
  • "What the hell?

Antithesis - two points of sharp contrast set one against the other, generally in parallel constructions.

For example:

Man proposes, God disposes.

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

Many are called, but few are chosen.

Rude words bring about sadness, but kind words inspire joy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antithesis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhetorical_question

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Litotes

http://fos.iloveindia.com/rhetorical-question-examples.html

 

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I like your presentation! Everything is clear and there are a lot of examples, but I disagree with example about global warming. I think it is more pun than litotes.
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Thank you for your comment. You are right, it is pun, but lexically. As syntactical SD it can be litotes.
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I like your presentation!You found so many peactures and examples it's the best way to memorize information. I would add some more defenitions.
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Yuliya, I like your examples of rhetorical questions! I think that we use most of them in daily life.
These are really frequent:
"Aren't you ashamed of yourself?
"Are you stupid?"
"Can you do anything right?"
"Yeah, why not?"
"What the hell?

This is one I use often: "Are you blind?"

I like using rhetorical questions. But sometimes people don't understand, and I I have to say: "It was a rhetorical question". I think it's very funny))
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