Asked • 06/18/19

What's the difference between でしょうか and ですか at the end of a question?

I am having a little trouble understanding the nuance of でしょうか in comparison to ですか. People say it makes it more hesitant and polite, but that doesn't explain the nuance enough for me. Why would you say the line below? > あなたは「自分ってどんな人?」と聞かれたら、どのように答えるでしょうか. I don't understand what nuance でしょうか has - does it place the uncertainty on the listener like “how do you suppose you answer?” as opposed to “how do you answer?” That's my guess, but I need to understand the nuance. If there is no difference in meaning between one and the other I will never alter them.

2 Answers By Expert Tutors

A84ec0fb 8e6d 4a28 85c1 46c7ca5ea109

David R. answered • 1d

Grad Student with 8 Years of Experience

1b58f9ed 1e47 49dc 9efb a6b40ba1c3b3

Alexa V. answered • 06/19/19

Japanese and Meticulous Proofreading from an Experienced Translator

Still looking for help? Get the right answer, fast.

Ask a question for free

Get a free answer to a quick problem.
Most questions answered within 4 hours.


Find an Online Tutor Now

Choose an expert and meet online. No packages or subscriptions, pay only for the time you need.