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開戦といきますか!

Judging from the exclamation mark and from the context (a battle immediately starts after the commander of an army says this), I think that in the sentence above か could have an exhortative value. Is it correct? If so, is it a common thing or only a manga/anime thing? Thank you for your help!

  • Does it say いきすか? – l'électeur Feb 11 '17 at 0:41
  • Sorry, that was a typo! I corrected it. – Marco Feb 11 '17 at 0:42
  • The phrase makes sense now. – l'électeur Feb 11 '17 at 0:44
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I am going to say yes here even though "exhortative" may slightly be too strong a word for it.

The sentence-final 「か」 can certainly express inducement, solicitation, invitation, etc. and it is widely used in real life, not just in manga/anime.

The exclamation mark, however, is completely optional. It is just used more often in manga than in real life for the majority of native speakers.

"Let's start a war!"

"Let's go to a war!"

The final 「か」 adds a "shall we?" kind of nuance to the statement.

  • I could imagine it being stated as the rhetorical question "shall we go to war?!" even in English – Craig Hicks Feb 11 '17 at 2:53

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