April 9, 2010

3 Ways of Using Question Marks

When do we use question marks?

1) When you end a sentence that asks a question. That's it, right? Not quite.

There are two more...

2) When you want to express uncertainty or doubt.
Example: Mr. Yuri's feeding program started from 1959 (?) to 1999.

3) Optionally, when you make a polite request.
Example: Would you please hand me the remote? (Note: "Would you please hand me the remote." would be correct too.)

Here's a video by Paige Carrera discussing when a question mark could be used.


Attribution to Rebecca Elliot for her book Painless Grammar (c) 2006, 1997 and to Paige Carrera

Other punctuation marks:
Question Marks
Exclamation Points
Parentheses, Brackets, or Dashes