How would you punctuate this question, which ends as a statement:

Where is Mom I need to talk to her

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    This is actually a run-on sentence, and would need to be split into two sentences anyway if grammar is important.
    – cHao
    Feb 17, 2014 at 19:31

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Where is Mom? I need to talk to her.

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    To make it clear. You would split this into two sentences?
    – David M
    Feb 17, 2014 at 17:17
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    @DavidM - Yes, this particular passage should be split into two sentences, unless you're going for some kind of nonstandard literary effect.
    – phenry
    Feb 17, 2014 at 17:28
  • Thanks! And, if it were a quotation you would offset it without splitting? "Where is Mom?" she wondered, needing to talk to her.
    – David M
    Feb 17, 2014 at 17:31
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    @DavidM If it's a quotation, use the punctuation from the original, possibly with sprinkling of "sic". If it's direct speech, you can punctuate as you please because people (other than Victor Borge) don't punctuate their speech. "Where is mom? I need to talk to her," she said. ("I don't know fssst pwt what you need to talk to her about quack spop," said Victor.) Feb 17, 2014 at 21:04
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    @DavidR, +10 for the Victor Borge references! Feb 18, 2014 at 9:52

Where is Mom, I need to talk to her?

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    No. This is just wrong, unless “I need to talk to her?” is also a question, which it wouldn't be in about 99.9% of actual use cases. Feb 18, 2014 at 9:51
  • Where? is Mom I need, to talk; to her?
    – Max
    Jun 15, 2017 at 18:25

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