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Say I make a conditional statement, or an either/or statement,

1) Do I eat the bananas? Or do I eat the apples?

2) Do I eat the bananas, or do I eat the apples?

Is it right to add the second question mark like in option 1? How do I punctuate a sentence like this?

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Welcome, Zolani. No need to add your signature at the end of posts - your username serves as signature and thanks enough, and is a link to your user page :) –  aedia λ Apr 7 '12 at 2:40
    
Oh, my bad. Thanks :D –  Zolani13 Apr 7 '12 at 2:40

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The preferred punctuation depends on how you wish the reader to interpret your thought process, so to speak.

Use two sentences for a complete break in thought to really stress each option:

Do I eat the bananas? Or do I eat the apples?

Don't even use a comma to make it as casual as possible:

Do I eat the bananas or apples?

And for a balance, just use a comma:

Do I eat the bananas, or do I eat the apples?

The comma method and the distinct sentences methods are very similar in my opinion. Neither is wrong.

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Perfect. Much Thanks for the info. –  Zolani13 Apr 7 '12 at 4:37

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