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Is it ever correct to have a space before a question or exclamation mark?

People have mentioned in the comments that, yes, in the past, a small (non-breaking) space was inserted before an ! and a ? These must never start a new line. The space is also a small space, very ...
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Is it ever correct to have a space before a question or exclamation mark?

The Chicago Manual of Style recommends a nonbreakable space before and after an ellipsis when the intention is to trail off a sentence. 13.52 Ellipses with other punctuation. Placement of the other ...
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What does a question mark inside parentheses (?) mean?

(?) is simply a passing note of incertitude at the preceding word (sometimes phrase). I am the tallest(?) in our class Here this usage indicates that the author is not sure if he/she is really ...
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Do I need a comma after this question mark?

Chicago's position The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition (2003) asserts this broad rule against combining question marks (or exclamation points) and commas (or periods): 6.123 When to omit ...
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Is there a difference between “?!” and “!?”?

?! is emphasizing a question. !? is questioning an emphasis. I don't know why anyone would add an emphasis only to undercut it in the next mark, so I've never thought "!?" has any validity. EDIT: ...
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Is it ever correct to have a space before a question or exclamation mark?

When you end a sentence with a link In modern usage, especially online, one time where it is appropriate to put a space is when you are ending the sentence with a link https://ux.stackexchange.com/...
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Do I need a comma after this question mark?

What does your style manual say? The Chicago Manual of Style makes this a typographical issue, noting that when two different marks appear at the same location, only the stronger is retained. (...
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Confused in the usage of "where" in a non-interrogative sentence

Your sentence is irreproachable. It would mean exactly the same if the relative where clause were at the end: Justice prevails where peace prevails. except for a difference in emphasis. It's like ...
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'Could you please share [or xyz task]'—with or without question mark?

As you say, the absence of a question mark in a sentence otherwise structured as a question indicates the speaker's or writer's expectation that the person or persons addressed will cooperate with or ...
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How should a question which quotes a question be punctuated?

One clue is how this is said. The question mark is a written indication of spoken intonation. The quoted question is not phrased as a question, with rising intonation. It's said as though its ...
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Is the question mark misused in affirmative sentences?

Just for the sake of anyone reading, I found this thread when I googled about this issue because Microsoft Word grammar checker tried to tell me that I should put a question mark at the end of this ...
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Does the phrase "if that's fine with you" require a question mark?

You can use either. Without the question mark, it really means "assuming that's ok with you", which doesn't require an answer. You're saying "I'm assuming it's ok with you.", and the other person ...
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Question mark followed by a comma or semi colon in a list

Punctuation is a matter of style, and as such you should be guided by your manual of style, either the one you've chosen or the one thrust upon you. I use the Chicago Manual of Style, which advises ...
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What does a question mark inside parentheses (?) mean?

I haven't seen the use of "(?)" in any book or news article for example, I would say it's something used in an informal context. But yes, I'd say it showcases the author's insecurity with respect to ...
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Question mark followed by a comma or semi colon in a list

The last explanation here is the most to the point: go by a manual of style. However, the example is an incorrect rendering of the Chicago manual. First, the answer to your question is "no"--with the ...
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Should a suggestion have a question mark?

This is a rhetorical question: A rhetorical question is asked just for effect or to lay emphasis on some point discussed when no real answer is expected. A rhetorical question may have an obvious ...
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Proper punctuation for compound sentence with quote that is a question

Punctuation is a matter of style, and as such you should be guided by your manual of style. I use the Chicago Manual of Style, which recommends that "interrogative elements" within a sentence should ...
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Has the request “May I request you to …” to end with a question mark?

You really have two problems. The first is a matter of punctuation, and as such this is a matter of style, so the answer to it will depend on what manual of style you use. Mine is the Chicago Manual ...
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Help settle an argument, question mark placement

Both are grammatical, but they come across differently. I'll illustrate by setting the sentences if they came from the script for a (poorly written) play. ... CARPENTER: Welcome to today's lessons ...
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Where do I put the question mark if a question has a parenthetical statement at the end?

The rule with the highest precedence here is that any content within parentheses must be removable without altering the grammar of the surrounding content. If it can't be, then something somewhere ...
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Where to put question mark in sentences with two statements

"Especially since fame brings a bunch of problems" is at best a fragment: it doesn't seem like a complete sentence. I guess this is the source of the question. As you say, the question ...
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Is it possible to make a declarative sentence starting with 'Can'?

Your example sentence is more nearly imperative than declarative, but whatever terminology you apply to it, it isn't a normal interrogative form, and—at least according to The Chicago Manual of Style, ...
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Is it possible to make a declarative sentence starting with 'Can'?

Of course we can do so: "Can" is a modal auxiliary verb. Can pigs fly is a question that puzzles me. However, you are probably interested in situations in which "can" is not used ...
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Is there a difference between “?!” and “!?”?

I prefer "?!" because the first punctuation, "?", logically and correctly frames the sentence as a question. The punctuation, "!", merely adds emphasis to the question being asked, as if to imply, "...
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Questions without a question mark (New Yorker)

How can be used in three contexts: As an adverb: How do you make fish-and-chips? As a conjunction: I know how this is done. As a modifier to express surprise: How remarkable!
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Do you always Capitalize after a question mark?

Yes. Any word after a question mark always needs to be capitalized. Though in this case that makes a question and and incomplete thought. I'd rewrite it to: How was it starting your own business? ...
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Punctuating a quoted question within a quoted statement

The Chicago Manual of Style, sixteenth edition (2010), offers the following advice, under the general heading "Multiple Punctuation Marks": 6.118 Periods with question marks or exclamation points. ...
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Punctuating a two part question

I believe your first example works fine. In a manuscript, you might use a carriage break if you think it looks funny Have we looked at this paper? Do we intend to? To stack the questionss, I don't ...
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