In our Daily English 210 – A Family Road Trip, we use the expression, “to question the wisdom of (something).”
In this short video, I explain two more expressions with “question”: to raise the question and to beg the question.
NOTE: In the video, I explain the traditional use of “beg the question.” However, people in current American English often use “beg the question” to mean the same as “raise the question,” meaning “to provoke” or “to cause you to ask the question.” For example:
You’re late again, which begs the question, “Is your alarm clock working?”
In this example, we could have said “…which raises the question…” instead of “begs the question.”
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