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

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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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What is it called when an author uses a question mark without a question attached? [duplicate]

My specific example is from a passage in Fahrenheit 451 (although I've seen it used colloquially as well): Click? Pic? Look, Eye, Now, Flick, Here, There, Swift, Pace, Up, Down, In, Out, Why, How, ...
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Is it possible to make a declarative sentence starting with 'Can'?

everyone As the title shows, is it possible to make a declarative sentence starting with "Can"? For example, 'Please, can we request that you do not accept any proposals from him.' The ...
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How should I punctuate around quotes where the punctuation required by the quote interferes with the punctuation of the sentence?

The American convention in quotations is (typically) to place punctuation inside quoted text. But I always run into situations where the punctuation of the quote interferes with the punctuation of the ...
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Confused in the usage of "where" in a non-interrogative sentence

I was writing an essay, but I came across a weird sentence: Where peace prevails, justice prevails. In the above sentence, I am confused if the usage of "where" at the beginning of the ...
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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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How do you properly write a question that contains follow-up questions? [closed]

For example if you were to write a question like: "Is this something that you would be interested in, and if so: when are you be available?" How do you structure the sentence with regards to ...
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Can I use a question mark for a list after a colon?

For example, After the incident, I was no longer sure who to blame: Ethan, Michael, or Jake? Or is there a better way to phrase this sentence?
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Should an embedded question be set in quotation marks?

For example, given the following sentence, is it proper to set the enclosed question in quotation marks? The first question to ask is, “should quotation marks be used?” Any additional comments ...
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Any authoritative source on British rules on space before question mark?

Is it ever correct to have a space before a question or exclamation mark? is affirming what I always use, but now some translators I know said that I always need a space before. I am sure they are ...
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Where would the question marks fall within this poem?

Can someone help me punctuate this line? It is poetry, which may not always follow the common rules of punctuation... I asked myself is there such a place in the deepest part of the soul where noone ...
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Is it ever correct to have a space before a question or exclamation mark?

In written English (mainly online) I often come across sentences ending with a question or an exclamation mark with a space before it. Is it always just an error or a typo? Or there are cases when it ...
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Can a clause beginning "I assume" be made into a question by intonation?

I recently answered a question on ELL. It included a sentence similar to this: If it's neither A nor B, I assume that it's C? I answered the question, and noted that I think that a clause beginning &...
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Where to put question mark in sentences with two statements

I'm not sure where to put the question mark here. Can anyone help please? But why would anyone want to be famous? Especially since fame brings a bunch of problems. (This punctuation reflects the ...
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How do I use a question as an embedded quotation when it also deserves a comma?

So I asked "Shall I do the thing?" and he responded with "Yes." In that sentence, should the ? exist? It kind of feels like it should be a comma, given its place in the sentence. ...
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Question or statement?

This is a passage from a poem: What is love, but the passion I feel in my heart? What is passion, but the energy of my soul? What is my soul, but a fountain of emotions erupting? My question is, ...
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Question mark after a comma and a second sentence? [duplicate]

A non-English native friend has just said that an English speaker told him the question mark should NOT be used after a pair of sentences separated by a comma. Something like this: "Could someone ...
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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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Is there a standard ordering for the question mark and the exclamation mark used together?

We've all wanted to express certain questions, rhetorical or not, with annoyance, excitement, surprise, frustration and so on. What better way than with both a question mark (?) and an exclamation ...
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Using a question mark mid-sentence

May I use a question mark in the middle of a sentence? Examples: Would you like the drapes to be white? or perhaps something off-white? Would you like the logo to be centered? at the bottom? left off ...
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Is the question mark misused in affirmative sentences?

For example, I found the following sentence written by a native English speaker (UK) so I'm going to assume that he knows how to put it the right way, although I wouldn't use this form. I now have ...
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Punctuating questions containing questions [duplicate]

For example, ‘Did you just ask, “Why me?”?’, Rita Queried I know using two question marks is not right, but is this sentence right? Because both are questions.
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"He added" vs. "Did he add" (inversion after negative adverb) [duplicate]

I'm reading a book, and I found a sentence where I don't understand the grammar. It seems as the writer wants to write a statement, but uses the structure of a question. The sentence is highlighted in ...
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Proper and polite usage of "can you"

In email communication, people often use "can you do X" instead of "please do X". Is this a more polite form, or is this just an idiom which means exactly the same? If I use "...
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Punctuation of Isn't it

How would you punctuate the phrase It's a beautiful day, isn't it? Would you use a question mark or period at the end? My intent is to make it rhetorical. The full example is: She woke up alone, ...
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Question Tag moved forward in sentence

If a question tag were moved forward in a sentence, how would it be punctuated? And if the question tag were a parenthetical, would the sentence still be a question? There’s no point, is there, in ...
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Do you use a question mark when a sentence starts as a question but then turns into a statement?

Do you use a question mark when a sentence starts as a question but then turns into a statement? For example, "Can you explain this to me, because I don't understand the second part." "What did he ...
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Punctuating a sentence which is a question followed by statement [duplicate]

Which is best? Do we need to walk to the supermarket, as we have a car? OR Do we need to walk to the supermarket, as we have a car.
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What is the correct punctuation in the sentence "Shall I open the window or you will do it"

I have a sentence: Shall I open the window or you will do it. I wonder whether the second half of the sentence is grammatically correct (is it an indirect question?) and whether or not we need a ...
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Comma, quote needed before "quoted" material?

Which punctuation, if any, is correct: A. Did you ever ask Barb, "Hey, what's the matter with you?" B. Did you ever ask Barb, hey, what's the matter with you? C. Did you ever ask Barb, Hey, what's ...
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Question mark before or after parentheses for incidental text? [duplicate]

I have this sentence: Can you share those documents with me? And I want to add an incidental text like "(no problem if they are in progress)". Shall I add that text before or after the quastion ...
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Punctuating a question followed by a further comment in a sentence: position of question mark

I am always confused regarding the accepted placement of the question mark when there is a comment or the like following the actual question in a sentence. Consider the following options: Shall I ...
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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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Punctuating mid-sentence question/uncertainty? [closed]

How do you indicate a question (as in an uncertain statement) mid-sentence? My first thought was: "That's Fred and his—cousin?—by the punch bowl." But if you take out the parenthetical, ...
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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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Can a gerund be used to start a question title? [duplicate]

For the sake of using less characters in a title I often change a question like: How do I learn to ride a bike? to: Learning to ride a bike? I know these two constructs are not identical in ...
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Question marks (again!)

I'm sorry, I've looked at other places here, and can't find the exact answer - maybe the searching strategy I'm using isn't good. There are some related ones, though none solving this that I can see. ...
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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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should there be space between a sentence and question mark or not? [duplicate]

while asking questions in the sentence do we need to give space between question mark (?) and the sentence. what is your name? what is your name ? which one is correct?
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Does a question mark (?) come to the end of a sentence which starts with "How to ..." ? if no/yes why? [duplicate]

Do these sentences need question mark? How To Repair and Restore Windows 10 (?) Or How to fix java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: Failed resolution of: Ljava/beans/Introspector error (?) (this ...
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How should I punctuate/capitalize the following question? [closed]

Is the following question punctuated/capitalized correctly? “What’s that, a dishrag?” Or should it be two questions? “What’s that? A dishrag?” Or would a third option be best? Thanks!
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Is it okay to use a question mark after a name if another character wishes to draw that person's attention? [closed]

Is it okay to use a question mark if a character wishes to draw someone's attention? Anne: Bob? Bob: Yes? Anne: I think you should know something.
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Is a question mark needed? [closed]

Is a question mark needed after "kitchen"? I feel there might be as I imagine Bob has omitted "didn't you?" from the end of the sentence. If it was there a question mark seems like it would be needed: ...
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Question Mark or Not With Continuation of Question? [closed]

Should there be a question mark after "in the story"? I know it's not a direct question, but it is a continuation of the original question & requires an answer Tim: So what happened next? Mum:...
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Question mark or not? [duplicate]

SHOULD THERE BE A QUESTION MARK OR NOT? IT'S AN INDIRECT QUESTION BUT AN ANSWER WOULD BE EXPECTED. There's a party later if you're interested. There's a party later if you're interested?
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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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Do this sentence need a question mark [closed]

Please could you release orders for March to June 2019.
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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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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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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 ...