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Questions tagged [question-mark]

Questions about the question mark (?) that appears at the end of questions.

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Do this sentence need a question mark [closed]

Please could you release orders for March to June 2019.
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What does a question mark inside parentheses (?) mean?

If a sentence/word has (?) at the end, does it mean the sentence is not a fact and the author is not sure about it? As in the example: I am the tallest(?) in our class. Which means I am not sure ...
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How should I correctly write this question?

"Can you provide documentation stating the noise levels, so that we are able to show compliance if we get audited?" Even though this is a question, I feel like the question mark at the end doesn't ...
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I'm using three questions in a list inside quotation marks, would I separate with a comma, semicolon, or nothing? Are the question marks even needed? [duplicate]

A sentence with a list of questions inside quotation marks, how do I separate them? I can't find a solid answer anywhere. Option 1: In simple terms, Naikan is based on three questions: “What have I ...
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Punctuating a vertical list that is introduced by a question

I have searched online but can't find anything definitive on which of the following is preferable: Incorrect. What could you infer from these quotes: 'most of the dogs jump on the meat' '...
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Linking statements ending in question or exclamation marks in quotes [duplicate]

Consider this: He began asking her rhetorical questions like "How dare you?", "How could you?", and "How can you think such a thing?", but she did not reply. How can I write the above sentence ...
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“Why not?” vs. “Why not.” [duplicate]

My question is: is there flexibility in how one can punctuate the phrase "Why not?" The answer may seem obvious at first...it is a question after all. However, it's also a common idiom, and I am ...
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Can we use a question mark in a sentence that starts with “But”?

I am confused about whether we can use a question mark after a sentence that starts with but. For example: We need to understand all the important concepts of making sentences. But how are we to ...
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Phrase “you might ask”

I often wonder if I should use question marks in different situations. This occurs with me when a sentence starts out as a question, but after a comma turns into just a "normal sentence". The ...
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Does this sentence require a question mark at the end? [duplicate]

"Children are continuously forced to hear stereotypes about themselves because of their gender, but what if a child wanted to challenge their fate?" I know it doesn't begin with a question word, but ...
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em dashes and question marks

Would it be correct to use the question mark as it is written in the following sentence? "If your cousin invites you to visit—and why would he not?—I will expect your return after only nine days."
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Where do I put the question mark if a question has a parenthetical statement at the end?

What would you have me do (given some factor is a and another factor is b and some other statement-y thing follows as well -- I'm not even sure what to make of the whole thing, not to mention that ...
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Can a direct question be written without a question mark?

In a book there is the following sentence : "Since Plato, the more ambitious philosophers of education have often posed this question directly along with related questions concerning what is knowledge,...
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Should I put a question mark at the end?

Earlier, I had a talk with a person that I would be available on Monday but now I am even available before Monday. So I wrote this. I would like to inform you that I am even available to join from ...
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Can you use semicolons in place of question marks?

For example: "You've heard of warfare, right; it's when multiple countries fight for some cause." Is this correct? Or would you instead use something like: "You've heard of warfare, right? It's ...
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Affirmations with question marks

Today I was reviewing some code on GitHub, and end up with the following sentence/question: So, are you using a context to update a record? That makes no sense. I know that verbs and subjects are "...
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Is it acceptable to use “Just wondering” as a question? [duplicate]

I often find myself writing sentences such as: "I am wondering if the landlord replied to you yet?" And I always end up removing the question mark and rephrasing the sentence. In speech it is easy to ...
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Question mark confusion

I know this question might seem a bit silly, but I have always wondered how to use question marks correctly. For example, should I put the question marks in the end of these sentences: 1) May I ...
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Quoted Titles & Possessives — Journalistic Style

The Associated Press (they never use italics) punctuates the possessive of titles in quotes like this: "Jeopardy!'s" subtleties of language ... . (actual excerpt from The AP) If a question mark ...
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Punctuating a two part question

I'm trying to figure out how to best punctuate this. I'm torn between ; or ? Have we looked at this paper? Do we intend to? Have we looked at this paper; do we intend to? I want to say the ...
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Question mark after “I don’t know what you want from me.”?

I’m getting mixed messages on which of the following punctuations is correct: I don’t know what you want from me. I don’t know what you want from me? It seems to be both an indirect question, ...
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Help settle an argument, question mark placement

So, I posted a picture in a group chat and one of the members of the chat questioned the placement of the question mark (attached for reference). Where's your plane, peasants? (original) or.. Where'...
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punctuation when a quoted question is followed by a reference [closed]

In my Closing Argument (for an administrative-type hearing), I invented a concise way of referring to page numbers in the Parent exhibit book, for example: There was no follow-up to R’s June 22 ...
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Punctuating a quoted question within a quoted statement

I'm working on a story, and I find myself faced with something of a quandary. Specifically, I need to know the proper style for the following: “I have thousands of them,” the commissioner answered,...
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Where do you place a question mark in a multiple choice question? [closed]

Where do you place a question mark after a list of multiple choice options? Option 1: Do you consider yourself to be: A. a beginner B. an intermediate C. an expert? Option 2: Do ...
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Should a question mark follow “I (do) believe”? [closed]

Should a question mark be used after "I believe" or "I do believe" My brain hurts from not being 100% correct. My O.C.D won't let it go.
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Question mark followed by a comma or semi colon in a list

Is it ever okay to follow a question mark with a comma or semi-colon? For example, would any of the following be valid? 1 The main questions addressed in the literature are: who said it?, what does ...
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'Could you please share [or xyz task]'—with or without question mark?

Most of the time, a sentence comes with a sense of being an order, not a request; and people have stopped using a question mark at the end of the sentence. For example, your boss (or some other ...
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Does the phrase “if that's fine with you” require a question mark? [duplicate]

Say I have the sentence: I suggest we do an interview at 12 pm, if that's fine with you. Is this sentence a direct question which requires a question mark, or should I keep it the way it is?
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Can I use a colon and a question mark at the same time?

What punctuation should I use with a monologue that starts out with a rhetorical question and continues with an example? Have you ever wondered how much time we spend in situations like this one: [...
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“server, please!” — is there a comma in there?

Related to youtube/5ycx9hFGHog, I'd like to know whether it is correct or incorrect to put a comma between "server" and "please", when writing about an act of calling one's server, whether the "please"...
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Using a full stop, question mark, apostrophe and a comma all at the same time in a sentence (in UK English)

Would .?', in the following sentence be correct? A man asked 'how many are red, how many are green, etc.?', so I tried to find out.
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Should I answer this question without question mark? [closed]

I recently received by email this sentence: Please tell me if the problem is now solved. I usually answer any email I receive that have questions. This sentence is not a question because it does ...
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Nested question in a sentence

I was taught that any terminal punctuation marks end the sentence, however I have a particular sentence that I have been wrangling with: In order to answer the research question “Are bi-lingual ...
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Do I need a comma after this question mark?

I want to write the folowing sentence in some work: You went there on Thursday? for instance, is not an interrogative clause but a declarative one, even if the utterance may be a question. In the ...
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Punctuation of a sentence that starts with a question and ends with a declaration

I'll provide the sentence and some context. There is still so much that I do not know about college. How do I pay bills, which classes should I take, what do TA's do, how to write a college ...
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Question mark or period at the end of “What is your favorite song, and explain why”

Which would be correct? What is your favorite song, and explain why? (I'm thinking this is right.) What is your favorite song, and explain why. This could be written as, "What is your ...
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Should a suggestion have a question mark?

Should Why not read our story? have a question mark? It is a suggestion, not really a question, so I assume it shouldn't have the question mark.
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Use of … to show deletion of text in a quote when the text before the ellipsis ends with a question mark

I would usually use ... to show that I have deleted text from a quote, however, I recently discovered an issue with this when the text ends with a question mark before the ellipsis. So if the quote is ...
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Questions without a question mark (New Yorker) [duplicate]

How to listen to music How a City in France got out the World's first Short-Story vending machines How we learn fairness What makes great detective fiction according to T.S. Elliot What went wrong at ...
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Do you always Capitalize after a question mark? [duplicate]

I'm about to send out some questions to someone. How was it starting your own business? tougher,easier than you had expected? Does "tougher" need to become "Tougher"?
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Proper punctuation for compound sentence with quote that is a question

How should this be properly punctuated? What is the purpose of human existence, or is it meaningless is the question asked by Juan Valdez in "What do coffee pickers with burros think about all day (...
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Has the request “May I request you to …” to end with a question mark?

May I request you to kindly collect the brief? or May I request you to kindly collect the brief. Which of the above two sentences is correctly punctuated? Added afterwards: This request is to ...
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How should a question which quotes a question be punctuated?

Suppose there is a sentence in question form, like the one appearing below: Where do you belong to? Now, if a speaker refers to that question, he will frame another sentence and will place the ...
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Using question mark in a question

I reproduce below a question: "Which of the following is correct: 1. If you so desire, you may download the content. 2. You may download the content, if you so desire." The question should take a ...
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Questionable statements [duplicate]

I have often wondered if there's any common view on using a question mark on a statement meant as a question, such as "I assume you've watered the plants?". Is it right/wrong/merely a written ...
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Sentences referring to questions – do they need question-marks?

Like this: She hated the charity, but Tom would just shrug it off and tell her if people didn’t help each other out now and then, what good was living?
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When a question is nested within a question: two question marks?

If you have two questions, one embedded in the other, should there be a single, final question mark covering both the main question and the nested one, or one for each? Here is an example: A) ...
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Should there be a question mark in a quoted question? [closed]

This is the tweet I want to tweet: All people repeat after me - I pledge I will not ask every co-worker I run into on Monday, 'how was your weekend'. Should there be a question mark after "...
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How should a question ending in a statement be punctuated, as ending it in a question mark seems a little off?

In the example in the headline to this question, the statement qualifying the question makes the punctuation seem ill-fitting... Here's another example: Will you be able to make a decision on ...