New answers tagged rhetoric
Stefan Walter already gave quite adequate answers to your questions 1 and 2. So I will aim to answer your third one: Ist das römische Reich wirklich an seiner Größe zugrunde gegangen? This construction type of questions I stole from boring gonzo documentaries, where it is used to imply that something stunningly unlikely is about to be "revealed" to the ...
A common combination is question word + denn as in Wozu mach' ich mir denn die Mühe? Another possibility is question word + wohl Weshalb bin ich wohl hierher gekommen? But note, that it highly depends on the intonation and on what the actual question aims at.
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