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What is a Clarifying Question?

A Clarifying Question is a question asked about something that is unclear or hard to understand. People ask clarifying questions to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding, rather than as a way to probe, challenge, or open up new avenues of discussion.

Example clarifying questions include:

  • When do you need an answer? What format would you like that in?
  • How are you defining moderate risk? Does that have an 80% chance of happening, for example?
  • I'm not sure what you mean by "inclusion". Can you talk more about that, and maybe give an example?
  • Will there be a break soon?
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