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In Double or Alternative Questions, utrum or -ne, whether, stands in the first member; an, anne, or, annon, necne, or not, in the second; and usually an in the third, if there be one: -

NOTE: Anne for an is rare. Necne is rare in direct questions, but in indirect questions it is commoner than annon. In poetry -ne ... -ne sometimes occurs.

a. The interrogative particle is often omitted in the first member; in which case an or -ne (anne, necne) may stand in the second: -

b. Sometimes the first member is omitted or implied, and an (anne) alone asks the question, - usually with indignation or surprise: -

c. Sometimes the second member is omitted or implied, and utrum may ask a question to which there is no alternative: -

d. The following table exhibits the various forms of alternative questions: -

see §335 N.)

NOTE: From double (alternative) questions must be distinguished those which are in themselves single, but of which some detail is alternative. These have the common disjunctive particles aut or vel (-ve). Thus, - quaero num iniuste aut improbe fecerit (Off. iii. 54), I ask whether he acted unjustly or even dishonestly. Here there is no double question. The only inquiry is whether the man did either of the two things supposed, not which of the two he did.