Question Mark Definition, Punctuation and Examples
How to Use a Question MarkThe question mark is an interesting grammatical device which can be used in a few different ways, though it is most often seen at the end of direct questions. Whether writing correspondence or completing academic assignments, you may find yourself wondering how to use question marks correctly. Here is a brief guide to help you get started. Use question marks when writing direct questions such as those in the following examples.
- How are you?
- Where can I find a bargain on a good laptop?
- What did you think of the movie?
- The coach asked the quarterback to sit on the bench. (correct)
- The coach asked the quarterback to sit on the bench? (incorrect)
- I asked my brother if I could borrow fifty dollars. (correct)
- I asked my brother if I could borrow fifty dollars? (incorrect)
- We can boil water faster, can’t we, if we use the microwave?
- Her question was, why do dogs come in so many different sizes?
- I wonder: Might Jeremy run for class president again?
- How will the World Series turn out, after all is said and done?
- Who is really to blame for the world’s problems?
- Who is responsible for traffic safety? the police? the road maintenance division? drivers?
- Did you ever read Hamlet?
- Have you ever seen a live performance of The Sound of Music?
- When I was a child, one of my favorite books was Where’s Waldo?
- Weren’t we supposed to head toward Washington, D.C.?
- Would all who are sitting in end seats with spaces toward the middle please move toward the center of the row.
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