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By  johanna wattimena     8:16 PM    Labels: 


There's this thing that i've noticed being predominantly used in Indonesian text. Not formally, only colloquially. It is the "...?" used after a question, rather than a direct question mark. I assume that it is used to soften the tone of the question. You know, for politeness sake. For example, "Are you alright...?" seems to sound softer in comparison to the straight forward, "Are you alright?" That hesitant pause before the question mark gives a less threatening air, as if it gives you more space to let out an honest answer.

I don't get it. Or do I...?

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