How do I punctuate a statement in which both the question and answer are included?

For example: Will budgeting alone fix the problem, No!

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    Welcome to EL&U. Can't you use a question mark instead of the comma, splitting it into two sentences? Also, you could use a tag question: Budgeting alone will not fix the problem, will it? It's common for people to speak as if ignoring the question mark, and that is how people subtitle movie dialogue, etc.—connecting two separate thoughts with a comma. However, it's not standard English. Feb 3, 2021 at 20:23

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A rhetorical question is still a question. An answer to a rhetorical question is still an answer. Therefore:

Would budgeting alone fix the problem? No!

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