Hope to find someone here to help me decide whether this is a violation or opting out of the quality maxim in the following example:
A: Did you pass the driving test?
B: No. (A knows that B passed the test)

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    A is violating the cooperative principle by asking a question they know the answer to. Since Grice's maxims as usually formulated deal with statements but not questions, it's hard to see which one they're transgressing, and whether it's venial or mortal.
    – jlawler
    Jan 9 at 15:08
  • Does B know that A knows? Does A know that B knows that A knows? :) Jan 12 at 4:25
  • @jlawler I'm not sure about that. A could be testing B to see if he'll tell the truth, in which case there is no violation.
    – OmarL
    Jan 12 at 14:25
  • OP, does it matter that A knows that B passed the test?
    – OmarL
    Jan 12 at 14:26

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