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May 14 2009   6:54PM GMT

Beg the question or raise the question?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
The age of ubiquitous social connectivity ____ the question of whether we really need to be friends with everyone we know.
a. begs
b. raises

Answer: b

Explanation: Although people often use the phrase “beg the question” as if it’s synonymous with “raise the question,” the real meaning is quite different. To beg a question is to base an argument on an assumption of the very thing you’re attempting to prove.

Here’s a nice explanation of begging the question.

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