# What Should Be The Next Question?

A man is going to a new town and comes to a fork in the road. If he goes left, he goes to the liars’ village. If he goes right, he then goes to the village of truths – which is where he wants to go. However, he does not know which way is which.

He doesn’t have time to go both routes, so he approaches a stranger who is standing in the middle of the fork. The stranger says he may only ask 3 questions and he will answer them.

The man asks, “Are you from the village of truths?” The stranger says, “Yes!” However, the man is still facing a dilemma: If the stranger was from the village of truths he can only tell the truth, but if he was from the village of liars, he would say he was from the village of truth.

So then he asks the stranger, “Are you telling the truth?” The stranger says, “Yes!” But sadly this leaves the man in the same position as before.

What should be his 3rd and the last question to know the Truth?

### 46 Responses to What Should Be The Next Question?

1. Said Amraoui October 1, 2017 at 3:38 PM #

One question is enough to know the truth. No need for three.
IF I ASK YOUR FRIEND OVER THERE TO SHOW ME THE ROAD TO TRUTH ,WHAT WOULD HE SHOW ME?
Then he takes the opposite of the answer because in all case the man is a liar.
If he is truthful he will give the answer of the liar ( if I ask your friend)
If he is a liar he isn’t going to say the true answer of his friend.
So take the opposite.

2. B.N.Das April 9, 2014 at 8:23 PM #

The third question should be “Kindly accompany me to my destination.:

3. Ambrose February 4, 2014 at 10:26 AM #

The original riddle is like that.
After death, en route, there are two roads one leading to hell and the other one to heaven. Each route is guarded by an angel. One tells lies always and the other, truth always. You can ask only one question and should find the way leading to heaven. What will be the question be?

4. Ahmed September 11, 2013 at 1:45 PM #

I ask him if I expire my asks or not if he tells me that it left one he is a truth man else he is a liar.

5. Rizwan Khan June 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM #

He shud ask him ” Are u a man ? if he is from the village of truth, he must say Yes.

6. Ali - Admin April 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM #

The right answer is this: The man will ask the stranger “which village do you belong to?”
In either case he is going to tell the village of truth. Because if he is a liar he will say, that he belongs to the village of Truth.
And if he is already from village of truth he will say it correctly.

Thanks to all our Readers who contributed & made this discussion interesting and waited patiently for the answer 🙂

• Sally October 1, 2017 at 2:08 PM #

Ali, seems that you are from the village of liars 😉

• Hamid October 1, 2017 at 2:14 PM #

But which direction?

7. alphaQ March 30, 2013 at 7:58 AM #

if he is from village of truth, he’ll point correctly,

if he is from village of liars, he’ll point to village of truth again.

• Ali - Admin March 30, 2013 at 9:57 AM #

Yup. You got it right.

8. ADEGOKE WAHAB March 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM #

the next question will be “which way leads back to the truth village?

9. Waqar Khan March 27, 2013 at 1:18 PM #

It’s so simple the thired Question will be that!

Q: If i Ask this Question from the other Village man so which one way will he show me for the village of truths?

so after this Question he will move on the other way the the man didn’t pointed ……

i think you guys Got it now 😛 enjoy

10. Maher Hammouri March 27, 2013 at 1:52 AM #

Hf H ask your opposite man from other city where are you from? what he will tell me? any answer I will choose the opposite answer.

• Ali - Admin March 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM #

What if he is telling you the truth?

11. Maher Hammouri March 27, 2013 at 1:51 AM #

Hf H ask your opposite man from other city where are you from? what he will tell me? any answer I will choose the opposite answer? why if he is the truth one I ask him about the answer of liar, and if he is the liar one he willn’t give the right answer what ever the answer I choose the opposite.

12. Virendra Goel March 26, 2013 at 12:19 PM #

Next question:
If he says yes, he is from village truth
if he says no, he is from village lie.

13. Mubarek AL-Amin March 26, 2013 at 9:02 AM #

The Question would be: if he is from the Village of the Truth, Which way the Sun go down and raises From?

14. manal Abdel fattah March 25, 2013 at 2:57 PM #

Simply, I’d would ask him where is the direction of your village, and whatever the direction he will point at it will be the right one, hence if he was saying the truth then he will point at his village, and if he was laying he will point also to the opposite direction, which is the village of truth

15. Mokhtar March 25, 2013 at 2:20 PM #

Dear Sara;
Thank you.
Mokhtar

16. Raad March 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM #

Q#3. is “how many Questions I said to you?”
if he said 2 then he is from village of truth. and if he speak something else then he is confirm belong to village of Liars 🙂

17. chandrashekhar BG March 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM #

the question is…….. where do u live?

18. adil March 25, 2013 at 3:19 AM #

If I would ask the liar from your town which is the right way which way he would point
Whatever way he points he will go the opposite way

19. Ado March 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM #

the third question should be where is the way to your village, whichever way he points at is the way to the village of truths, because since he claims to be from the village of truths he will point at the correct way, but if he lied because he is actually from the village of liars, then he will liar and point at the way to the viillage of truths, period.

20. Mohd March 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM #

I should ask the stranger the following quotation :
If I asked a person from the other village of the stranger village which way I should take

what answer the stranger will give, Then I will take the opposite for what he answered me regardless from which village he is

21. hazim March 24, 2013 at 6:36 PM #

This traveller’s 3rd Q should be : ” if i ask anyone frhom either villages where is the truths’ village, what would anyone answer?” And this traveller should follow the opposite direction.. This should be the only Q from the beginning.. Do U like or need to explain?? Please first think about all possibilities and U will agree with me.. See u w love..

22. hazim March 24, 2013 at 6:35 PM #

This traveller’s 3rd Q should be : ” if i ask anyone frhom either villages where is the truths’ village, what would anyone answer?” And this traveller should follow the opposite direction.. This should be the only Q from the beginning.. Do U like or need to explain?? Please first think about all possibilities and U w

23. abustafe March 24, 2013 at 5:40 PM #

there is no right or wrong question here. what matters is to take the opposite of the answer is given to you…if they say go right, you go left…etc

24. Ahmed Sherif March 24, 2013 at 5:07 PM #

He should tell the stranger that he is a cap, and would like to go to the village of truths, so the stranger will guide him to the direction of the village of truths in both cases, whether he is from the liars or from the truths.

25. Imad Kayyali March 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM #

He needs to ask one question:

“If I ask someone from the other village where is the liars village, what would he/she say?”.

So if he was from the truth village he would show the truth way (right) because he knows the other village has liars and they would say that, and, if he was from the liars village he would also show the truth way (right) because he would lie, so in both cases no matter where the man came from he with the above question, he would be give the answer he wants.

• Yunus March 26, 2013 at 1:38 AM #

This is my answer too. This is most logical

26. Mokhtar March 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM #

He should ask him: “Point to me which way to where you live”. He should follow the way the stranger will point to.
Rational: If he is from the liars village he will point to the truths village. While if he is from the truth village he will point to the truth village also.

27. Ian March 24, 2013 at 2:58 PM #

I feel there is no need to ask the 3 questions because the stranger needs to ask the man regarding the way from which he came. For example ask him the way for village he already passed by and came to the fork. If he speak shows the correct direction you have your answer.

28. mohammad sani March 24, 2013 at 2:46 PM #

The stranger should ask the man weather road the stranger followed to arrived the fork if follow back will lead to either of the village, becouse the road he followed was the only thing he is sured of.when the man respond to the strangers question with yes/no the stranger having known the road he followed should be able to determine where the man he was asking came from thank you

29. Riyas Babu March 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM #

Very simple. .
Just ask him that “The villagers from truth are liars right? ”
If he said yes he is from village of liars
If he said no he is from village of truth

• Novice March 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM #

spot on Riyas Babu..

However, he could also ask is it day or night? or am i a man or woman? and could base his conclusion on the reply.. but your question is quite accurate!

30. Zafar Iqbal March 24, 2013 at 2:26 PM #

Which is the way to the Village of Liars?

31. Owais Siddiqui March 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM #

It should be where do you live. The man in both cases will point towards the Village of Truth

• Ian March 24, 2013 at 3:59 PM #

Great Owais. The best Answer and the simplest.

• sharif123 March 24, 2013 at 8:48 PM #

Agreed

32. Hunain Usman March 24, 2013 at 1:51 PM #

the next question should be : tell which way leads to your village ? if he is a liar he will point to the road which does not lead to the village of liars therefore he will point to the path to the village of truth and if he is truthful then he will point to the road to the village of the truthful.

33. Sami El-Bayoumi March 24, 2013 at 1:36 PM #

The man points to the road he came from and asks the stranger if this road is to the village of truth: if the answer is “yes” then he is a liar, but if it is “No” then he is telling the truth.

34. Saad Bishri March 24, 2013 at 1:33 PM #

Silly! The point is that liars do not lie all the time ,they lie most of the time; and maybe this time was honest.

35. Ali Ponjait March 24, 2013 at 1:11 PM #

First thing in my mind comes that I would asked for the ID for the person to know his residing side. loll !

But, Amanullah Khan’s explaination seems correct.

Thanks Sara for sharing…

36. Mohammad Mansour March 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM #

I appreciate the logical analysis of Mr. Amanullah Khan

37. Amanullah Khan March 24, 2013 at 12:33 PM #

He should point out to the right turn and ask: Is this the road to your village? If he says, yes, follow the right turn. If he says no, follow the left side road. The logic is as follows:
If he is from the liars’ village, and he says yes, it means that the road goes to the village of truth. If he is from the village of truth and he says yes, again it means that the road goes to the desired destination.
If he is from from the liars’ village and says no, it means that the pointed road goes to the liars’ village, so it should not be followed. If he is from the village of truths and says no, the road should not be followed.

38. Tahir March 24, 2013 at 12:20 PM #

As he already know that right turn will lead him to the village of truth, therefore no need to ask any question.