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When a direct question occurs within a larger sentence, it takes a question mark. Note that in the examples below, the question mark supplants the comma that would syntactically belong in its place. The key question, Can the two sides reach a compromise? In contrast with the examples above, when the question mark is part of a title of work, a syntactically necessary comma is retained. When the question mark in the title comes at the end of a sentence that would itself require a question mark or period, the additional question mark or period is omitted. Requests that are phrased as questions should end with a period. These are really requests or commands, and not true questions. The question mark can be used to indicate editorial uncertainty, either in parentheses or in brackets. Some authorities include a space between the uncertain word and the opening parenthesis; others omit the space as shown in the example below. Use of the question mark with other punctuation, including quotation marks, is explained in the section on terminal punctuation.
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Use a question mark [? It is considered bad form to use a question mark in combination with other marks, although that is often done in informal prose in an attempt to convey complex tones: He told you what!? That combination or similar combination of punctuation marks is sometimes called an interrobang , but the interrobang currently has no role in academic prose. A tag question is a device used to turn a statement into a question. It nearly always consists of a pronoun, a helping verb, and sometimes the word not. Although it begins as a statement, the tag question prevails when it comes to the end-mark: use a question mark. Notice that when the statement is positive, the tag question is expressed in the negative; when the statement is negative, the tag question is positive. There are a few exceptions to this, frequently expressing an element of surprise or sarcasm: "So you've made your first million, have you? Be careful to distinguish between an indirect question above , and a question that is embedded within a statement which we do want to end with a question mark. Put a question mark at the end of a sentence that is, in fact, a direct question.

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Uh oh! It looks like you have JavaScript turned off. While most of our site should function with out, we recommend turning it back on for a better experience. Rule 1. Use a question mark only after a direct question. Correct: Will you go with me? Incorrect: I'm asking if you will go with me? Rule 2a. A question mark replaces a period at the end of a sentence. Rule 2b.

Uh oh! It looks like you have JavaScript turned off. While most of our site should function with out, we recommend turning it back on for a better experience. Rule 1. Use a question mark only after a direct question. Correct: Will you go with me? Incorrect: I'm asking if you will go with me? Rule 2a. A question mark replaces a period at the end of a sentence. Rule 2b. Because of Rule 2a, capitalize the word that follows a question mark.

Example: Will you go with me? Rule 3a. Avoid the common trap of using question marks with indirect questions , which are statements that contain questions. Use a period after an indirect question. Incorrect: I wonder if he would go with me? Correct: I wonder if he would go with me. OR I wonder: Would he go with me? Rule 3b. Some sentences are statements—or demands—in the form of a question.

They are called rhetorical questions because they don't require or expect an answer. Many should be written without question marks. Examples: Why don't you take a break. Would you kids knock it off. What wouldn't I do for you! Rule 4. Use a question mark when a sentence is half statement and half question. Rule 5a. The placement of question marks with quotation marks follows logic. If a question is within the quoted material, a question mark should be placed inside the quotation marks. Examples: She asked, "Will you still be my friend?

Do you agree with the saying, "All's fair in love and war"? The question Do you agree with the saying? Rule 5b. If a quoted question ends in midsentence, the question mark replaces a comma. Example: "Will you still be my friend? Enable JavaScript Uh oh! Hide Notice. Incorrect: Will you go with me?. Some writers choose to overlook this rule in special cases. Example: You do care, don't you? Are you ready for the quiz?

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