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What is a double-barreled question, and how do you avoid it?

The so-called double-barreled question

When being asked a double-barreled question, you might find yourself in difficulty to provide an appropriate answer. The term designs the fact of asking two questions, while allowing only one answer. Which can be pretty misleading, as you do not know for sure which question will your answer be taken into account for.

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The so-called double-barreled question

When being asked a double-barreled question, you might find yourself in difficulty to provide an appropriate answer. The term designs the fact of asking two questions, while allowing only one answer. Which can be pretty misleading, as you do not know for sure which question will your answer be taken into account for.

The specificity of double-barrelled questions

If you ask a question and then realize that it is in fact a double -barrelled one and, therefore, it puts the person who is supposed to answer in difficulty, try a tip in order to ease the task for the other: ask two clearer questions instead of one. You will most certainly get a more appropriate answer and feel less frustrated about its understanding.

Ask clearer questions

When trying to get clear answers, you should consider asking clearer questions.

In order for this to happen, pay major attention to how your question is being developed: not trying to influence the other's answer and having somebody double check the way the question was put might prove life-saving techniques in this particular case.

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Clarify the question

Make sure you're not assuming what you're being asked and take the  time to really understand the question.

Insert parts of the question in your answers, but never repeat the negative la...

Take thinking time

When you're faced with difficult questions, make sure you buy yourself enough time to determine how you want to respond.

Repeating of rephrasing the question could give you some extra time for thinking about how you want to answer.

Answer part of the question

Find a part of the question you are comfortable answering if answering the whole question is not an option.

This may sometimes be enough to satisfy the other person.

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