Let me ask you this: (question)

Sometimes English speakers use the phrase "Let me ask you this:" to introduce a question. For example:

Let me ask you this: where do you see yourself in five years?

You usually use this phrase when you're trying to convince someone of something, or come up with a solution to a problem.

Here's a short example of a conversation:

A: I've been really low energy lately. I don't know why.

B: Hmm. Well, let me ask you this: have you been drinking a lot? Because that's something that will definitely sap your energy.

In this example, Person B is trying to solve the problem of why Person A is low energy.

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