Question Mark (?)
Question Mark (?)
Definition Of Question Mark: A question mark is a punctuation mark that is placed at the end of a direct question;
that is, a sentence that asks a question, but not an indirect question which ends in a full-stop also.
However, Direct questions require a question mark at the end.
Is that your uncle wearing a cowboy hat?
Could you not call my song “fatso”, please?
Did you see the movie titled “The three-legged man”?
Firstly Indirect questions do not require a question mark at the end .
When a question is being reported and not directly asked, a full-stop, not a question mark, is used also.
She asked, “Why are you staring at me?”
(Direct question with question mark)
She asked why I was staring at her.
(Indirect question with no question mark)
Secondly A question mark is not followed by a full stop or comma.
No: “Why are you not looking at me when I’m talking to you?”, Jennifer asked me.
Yes: “Why are you not looking at me when I’m talking to you?” Jennifer asked me. .
That is to say A question mark is used after the full-stop that ends an abbreviation at the end of a sentence.
No: You said you saw the UFO at about 7 p.m?
Yes: You said you saw the UFO at about 7 p.m.?
Question mark and quotation marks.
The question mark must be placed inside of closing quotation marks if it is part of he quotation.
No: The children keep asking me, “When are you going to tell us a ghost story?
Yes: The children keep asking me, “When are you going to tell us a ghost story?”
The question mark must be placed outside of closing quotation marks if it is not part of the quotation.
No: Was it you who said, “His three sons are as cheeky as a monkey?”
Yes: Was it you who said, “His three sons are as cheeky as a monkey”?