Questions about the question mark (?) that appears at the end of questions.

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Can I use a colon and a question mark at the same time?

What punctuation should I use with a monologue that starts out with a rhetorical question and continues with an example? Have you ever wondered how much time we spend in situations like this one: [...
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Do I need a comma after this question mark?

I want to write the folowing sentence in some work: You went there on Thursday? for instance, is not an interrogative clause but a declarative one, even if the utterance may be a question. In the ...
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“server, please!” — is there a comma in there?

Related to youtube/5ycx9hFGHog, I'd like to know whether it is correct or incorrect to put a comma between "server" and "please", when writing about an act of calling one's server, whether the "please"...
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Using a full stop, question mark, apostrophe and a comma all at the same time in a sentence (in UK English)

Would .?', in the following sentence be correct? A man asked 'how many are red, how many are green, etc.?', so I tried to find out.
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Is it ever correct to have a space before a question or exclamation mark?

In written English (mainly online) I often come across sentences ending with a question or an exclamation mark with a space before it. Is it always just an error or a typo? Or there are cases when it ...
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Should I answer this question without question mark? [closed]

I recently received by email this sentence: Please tell me if the problem is now solved. I usually answer any email I receive that have questions. This sentence is not a question because it ...
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Nested question in a sentence

I was taught that any terminal punctuation marks end the sentence, however I have a particular sentence that I have been wrangling with: In order to answer the research question “Are bi-lingual ...
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Proper punctuation for compound sentence with quote that is a question

How should this be properly punctuated? What is the purpose of human existence, or is it meaningless is the question asked by Juan Valdez in "What do coffee pickers with burros think about all day ...
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Punctuation of a sentence that starts with a question and ends with a declaration

I'll provide the sentence and some context. There is still so much that I do not know about college. How do I pay bills, which classes should I take, what do TA's do, how to write a college ...
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Question mark or period at the end of “What is your favorite song, and explain why”

Which would be correct? What is your favorite song, and explain why? (I'm thinking this is right.) What is your favorite song, and explain why. This could be written as, "What is your ...
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Does “Who knows” need a question mark?

Although "who knows" is almost as an expression for giving sense however, expressions can be statements, orders, and questions, so does the expression: "who knows" need a question mark?
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Should a suggestion have a question mark?

Should Why not read our story? have a question mark? It is a suggestion, not really a question, so I assume it shouldn't have the question mark.
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Use of … to show deletion of text in a quote when the text before the ellipsis ends with a question mark

I would usually use ... to show that I have deleted text from a quote, however, I recently discovered an issue with this when the text ends with a question mark before the ellipsis. So if the quote is ...
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Questions without a question mark (New Yorker) [duplicate]

How to listen to music How a City in France got out the World's first Short-Story vending machines How we learn fairness What makes great detective fiction according to T.S. Elliot What went wrong at ...
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Do you always Capitalize after a question mark? [duplicate]

I'm about to send out some questions to someone. How was it starting your own business? tougher,easier than you had expected? Does "tougher" need to become "Tougher"?
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Has the request “May I request you to …” to end with a question mark?

May I request you to kindly collect the brief? or May I request you to kindly collect the brief. Which of the above two sentences is correctly punctuated? Added afterwards: This request is ...
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Is there a space before an exclamation or question mark? [duplicate]

Good evening everyone, First of all, I am a french secondary school pupil so I am sorry for every mistakes (If you have enough time, could you say me for every mistakes I make ? Thank you) I was ...
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How should a question which quotes a question be punctuated?

Suppose there is a sentence in question form, like the one appearing below: Where do you belong to? Now, if a speaker refers to that question, he will frame another sentence and will place the ...
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Using question mark in a question

I reproduce below a question: "Which of the following is correct: 1. If you so desire, you may download the content. 2. You may download the content, if you so desire." The question should take ...
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Questionable statements [duplicate]

I have often wondered if there's any common view on using a question mark on a statement meant as a question, such as "I assume you've watered the plants?". Is it right/wrong/merely a written ...
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How should I punctuate around quotes?

The American convention in quotations is (typically) to place punctuation inside quoted text. But I always run into situations where the punctuation of the quote interferes with the punctuation of the ...
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How should a question ending in a statement be punctuated, as ending it in a question mark seems a little off?

In the example in the headline to this question, the statement qualifying the question makes the punctuation seem ill-fitting... Here's another example: Will you be able to make a decision on ...
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Sentences referring to questions – do they need question-marks?

Like this: She hated the charity, but Tom would just shrug it off and tell her if people didn’t help each other out now and then, what good was living?
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When a question is nested within a question: two question marks?

If you have two questions, one embedded in the other, should there be a single, final question mark covering both the main question and the nested one, or one for each? Here is an example: A) ...
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Can one use a question mark after “Please”?

I'm imagining someone importuning another person. For example, if someone asked another person if he or she could come join them on an outing, and when the other person doesn't seem too keen on the ...
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Position of question mark when sentence doesn't end with question

This is something that has always bugged me. I am never sure where to place the question mark, or whether to place it at all when the end of the sentence does not finish with a question, or a number ...
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Should there be a question mark in a quoted question? [closed]

This is the tweet I want to tweet: All people repeat after me - I pledge I will not ask every co-worker I run into on Monday, 'how was your weekend'. Should there be a question mark after "...
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Because in the middle of a question

Do I put a question mark after the following sentence? Do you know where it is because I cannot find it? I guess it is quite simple but I get really confused when the 'because' is there. To me ...
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Punctuation around the word “OK” at the end of a sentence

If a sentence ends in "OK", and the sentence is a request, usually there is a comma before the OK and a question mark after it. The comma signifies a pause, correct? What if there was no pause, then ...
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Question mark - will nnot - can not [duplicate]

I am in a trouble when I have to ask a question with negative verbs like that: Cannot we do the test? Will not we do the test ? Are the sentences above corrects? Thank you in advance, Duilio
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When is it appropriate to end a question without a question mark?

Basically, if I ask a rhetorical question, it's not really prompting for an answer. Does that mean it should not end in a question mark? Here are two examples: "What's New" used as a title for a ...
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Can I have multiple question marks in one sentence? [duplicate]

When I ask multiple questions at once should I break it up into multiple sentences and capitalize the first letter at the beginning of each question(?), or should I use one question mark at the very ...
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Using a colon following a question [duplicate]

Can you use a colon following a question mark? I am not sure about the colon and/or capitalization when adding the list of characteristics. Which of the following characteristics do you ...
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Is there a term for a question that is only a question because of a question mark? [duplicate]

I sent a friend a question in the form: Just trying to remember how we know each other? That is a "statement" without the question mark at the end. Is there a term for this? Since it does not ...
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Punctuation for referring to a question

Is either of these an incorrect or nonstandard way to refer to a question mid sentence? Or are both of them okay? Our experiment set out to answer the question; is running fruit under water an ...
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using question mark in a complex sentence

I am always perplexed with the usage of question mark (?). For example: shall i direct the request to you?, in which case I will proceed with sending the email. or shall i direct the request to you,...
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How to put question mark after a quotation mark (in Chicago or MLA style)? [closed]

For example, if I want to ask a question that says: Where is, "You know nothing, Jon Snow" should I punctuate it as Where is, "You know nothing, Jon Snow?" or Where is, "You know ...
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Comma usage when a question appears at the end of a quotation, at the end of a subordinate clause

What would be the correct way to punctuate the following sentence? Rather than thinking, "am I being a jerk?", Johann cut to the front of the line, as he did every Tuesday.
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“Scare quotes” and placement of question mark--inside or outside?

Consider the following sentence: Did you know you can donate "stuff"? "Stuff" in this case means "anything besides cash." It's the lead-in to an article informing users on a charity's website ...
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When do I use a question mark with “Could you [please] …”

A sentence like Could you please pass me the pepper shaker is not really a question. Should I use a question mark or a period to end this sentence? What about: Could you let me know when ...
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Ordering of question mark, closing quotation mark, and citation [closed]

Let's say I am quoting the verse "Do you like cheese?" from the Book Of Cheese. Is it: As it is written, "Do you like cheese?" (Book Of Cheese, 43:21) or As it is written, "Do you like cheese" (...
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“…and who knew?” or “…,and, who knew…” or “…, and who knew…”?

Maybe by joining that religion I'd be able to understand myself, and who knew? Maybe I'd find the meaning of life. Maybe by joining that religion I'd be able to understand myself, and, who ...
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Is this a parenthetical phrase or an apposition?

Consider the following What are you laughing at, my silly hat? and What are you laughing at? My silly hat? Which of these is correctly punctuated, and if the first example is correct, what ...
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is 'do we actually know where we are going any more' a question?

I'm confused as to if do we actually know where we are going any more is a question or not, because of the 'do' I think yes but when read it seems like a sentence.
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Where does the question mark go — inside or outside the parentheses?

I know that when brackets enclose part of a sentence, the full stop goes outside. I tripped over this morning. I was distracted by a plane (which turned out to be Superman). If it's a full ...
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Any authoritative source on British rules on space before question mark?

A space before a question or an exclamation mark. Can it be correct? is affirming what I always use, but now some translators at my office said that I always need a space before. I am sure they are ...
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Placement of question mark for a question quoting a question [duplicate]

Suppose I am writing to a friend, asking if he remembers a certain question I asked him. Do any of the following sentences correctly use the question mark? Do you remember when I asked you "do ...
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Is it appropriate to use question marks in email? [closed]

I am a student and write to professors frequently. And often, I have to use sentences like this - Could you give me an appointment to meet you regarding this matter. I am usually confused ...
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Do I use a period or a question mark at the end of a statement that presents a question? [duplicate]

Let's say I have a statement like this: I just saw you come online, and I wanted to see how your day was going. Now, am I right to use the . at the end of that sentence? I've written it like this ...
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Must the word after a question mark be capitalised where the question mark does not terminate the sentence?

Here is a sentence: Before we can examine the implications of neuroscience for criminal law, we must address two more fundamental questions: Why do we punish criminals at all? and How severely ...