I have read the various postings here about how and how not to use semicolons, but I've not seen and answer anything about how to deal with end of the sentence punctuation with sentence-statement combination. Here's my current example.

Did you send the revised report; I have not seen it.

I believe this is a correct usage of a semicolon, but I'm wondering whether there should be a question mark at the end.

I suppose I could reword to I have not seen the revised report; did you send it?, but that just sidesteps the question.

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    If I was writing that I would put a question mark after report and then start a new sentence. – Kate Bunting Jul 15 at 7:44
  • As a statement it could be: You must not have sent the revised report; I have not seen it. As a question, as others have commented and answered, the punctuation of the question mark more or less demands that it be two separate sentences. Unless referring to a sentence as a sentence in a series of list items (in which case it would be set off stylistically in some way, such as with italics), you cannot follow a question mark with a semicolon. And, even if that were the context, it would still be two separate set off sentences. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jul 15 at 14:22

My two answers would be:

1) Did you send the revised report? I have not seen it.

2) Have you sent the the revised report? I have not seen it. (I would keep the same tense for both the sentences) (*)

(*) way preferred imo :-)

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