The question before the questionDecember 2, 2010
I’ve observed something that I find interesting but cannot explain.
Why do people nearly always ask a question before they ask the question they want to ask.
Examples might be useful.
Are you going into town today? / Can I have a lift?
Do you know anything about computer? / My computer won’t boot do you know what I can do to fix it?
What are you doing for lunch? / A few of us are going to a restaurant, do you want to join us?
It appears to be done to soften people up before asking them a favour or their involvement in something.
Listen for it and I’d expect you will come across this every day.