atticus wrote:The one with which you ended your post which is shown immediately above Mr Swarbrick's reply.
do you mean this
"how fast were the cars going when they smashed into each other " instead of "how fast were there cars going when they hit each other"
that is in fact a leading question, a subtle one
in the first version the word "smashed" is used
in the second version the word "hit" is used
smashed implies a high speed
In tests where different groups have been shown the exact same accident and asked the how fast they though the cars were going at the time of the collision,
and the groups were asked the question in exactly the same way except that the word smashed was used when one group was asked, and not with the other group
the group that was heard the word smashed gave much higher estimates of the speed.