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Is it appropriate to use a question mark at the end of a compound sentence where the first independent clause is a question but the second is a statement? For example:

Do you want attribution for that quotation, because I'm definitely sharing it and want to know if I should give you credit?

or

Do you want attribution for that quotation, because I'm definitely sharing it and want to know if I should give you credit.

I suppose this could work, but it's a little niche, as the second clause might not always be appropriate for a parenthetical.

Do you want attribution for that quotation (because I'm definitely sharing it and want to know if I should give you credit)?

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I would write it as the parenthetical. –  user362 Aug 25 '11 at 12:46
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Because the second statement doesn't ask a question, I would consider writing it as a separate sentence:

Do you want attribution for that quotation? Because I'm definitely sharing it, and I want to know if I should give you credit.

It's clearer that way.

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Do you want attribution for that quotation? because I'm definitely sharing it, and I want to know if I should give you credit. –  GEdgar Aug 25 '11 at 12:38
    
Thanks, GEdgar:) –  Thursagen Aug 25 '11 at 12:40
    
Why did you change the "b" in "because" from upper to lower case? –  jimreed Aug 25 '11 at 13:49
    
Instead of a new sentence, perhaps just replace the comma with a question mark in the middle of the sentence. –  GEdgar Aug 25 '11 at 14:34
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I rolled back the change. The core of Thursagen's answer was to make it two sentences, so your suggestion of lowercasing the b to keep it one sentence isn't just a small tweak, but rather a complete change. I'd suggest making it its own answer. –  Dusty Aug 25 '11 at 15:03
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