See also: why-not
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- Why is that not true?
- I don't want to go out today. — Why not?
- Used to state that one has no objection to and approves of a proposal.
- Let's have pizza for lunch. — Yes, why not?
- Used to introduce a proposal.
- Why not try turning the handle in the other direction to see if that opens the window?
Usage notes Edit
- Definitions 2 and 3 are more in the nature of assertions than questions, so they are often spoken as assertions and sometimes written without question marks.
- (why is that not true): why?, how come?
- (to show one has no objection): all right, OK
- (to introduce a proposal): how about, what if
why is that not true
state one has no objection
introduce a proposal