"Where should I put the question mark(1.?)(,)" asked RoDaSm(2.?)

If I place the question mark at the end of the first clause (1.), I should start the second clause with a capital letter and make it a new sentence, but Asked RoDaSm is not sentence. so I'm left with either of the two options written below. Could someone shed some light on whether the alternatives are correct or considered acceptable usage?

1."Where should I put the question mark?" asked RoDaSm. 2."Where should I put the question mark," asked RoDaSm?

Would the same rule apply for a sentence such as: "What am I'm supposed to do with that," said RoDaSm?

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"X asked Y" is a declarative sentence. Declarative sentences do not take question marks.

"Where should I put the question mark?" is a question. Questions do take question marks.

Consequently, your second option is not an option.

Note how I just wrote:

"Where should I put the question mark?" is a question.

That is what you should do, too.

  • It's worth noting that while different styles disagree about whether certain punctuation should be inside or outside quotation marks, they all agree with this answer when it comes to question marks.
    – Jon Hanna
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 13:52

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