Question Mark Punctuation in Writing
The question mark is primarily used to indicate a question is being asked.
Using the question mark:
a) This punctuation mark is used to indicate a direct question being asked.
“What time does the show start?” he asked.
b) The question mark is not used at the end of an indirect question.
He asked what time the show starts.
c) When used in dialogue, the question mark is placed inside the quotation marks and takes the place of a period or a comma.
Karen asked, “Will you be able to make that meeting?"
d) If the question mark does not form part of the quotation, it is placed outside of the quotation marks.
Did Jane say the meeting will, “start earlier because of the game,” or “end earlier because of the game”?
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