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Is this the correct use of the question mark? Should it be at the end outside of the ). See example below

How do we deliver it? (to the learner)

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The question mark marks the end of the question. If a trailing parenthetical is part of the question, the mark goes after the closing parenthesis:

How do we deliver it (to the learner)?

If the trailing parenthetical is not part of the question, the parenthetical follows the question mark:

How do we deliver it? (A very good question, to be sure.)

  • What level of obviousness makes a reference unnecessary? This site has whipped me into giving a reference as a conditioned reflex in an Answer...but I've noticed several instances lately where high-rep users don't. I would appreciate clarification -- not trying to be snarky, genuinely confused. – ab2 Aug 18 '15 at 20:33
  • @ab2 You have my prior permission to be genuinely snarky and genuinely confused at the same time. Nobody likes snark more than I do. Except perhaps my wife and some of her friends. Oh yes, and Captain Johnson. Never mind. You might want to address this question to actual high-rep users, perhaps in meta. As for me, obviousness is in the eye of the answerer, and I often fail to cite to the merely duplicative or the mostly suspect. But as sure as the sun rises in the east, someone will be sure to demand a source for that claim. Probably not much help. Sorry about that. – deadrat Aug 19 '15 at 7:30

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