If a question ends with a quotation containing an exclamation mark, the exclamation mark will supersede the question and suffice to end the sentence wasn't it malcolm x who declared, why, that's the most hypocritical government since the world began. Is it possible to use a colon right after a question mark in the title of an academic paper short answer: you can strike out the colon and keep the question mark. However, at the end of indirect questions (that is, reporting someone else's question in our own words), use a period instead of a question mark: the boy asked if there was kissing in the book. In written spanish, rhetorical questions can begin with an inverted question mark and end with either a full stop or exclamation point: ¿am i a fool in written english we have no such clever devices. However, toward the end of my time as a student, i made a breakthrough i figured out how to not only write a great essay, i learned how to have fun while doing it that's right.
By chelsea lee punctuation junction: a series about what happens when punctuation marks collide the proper use of question marks and quotation marks in combination all depends on context: namely, are you (a) quoting a question or (b) asking a. The uses of question marks use the question mark in statements ending with a word inflected as a query and with question tags just leave these papers on my desk. Periods, exclamation points, and question marks are three types of end punctuation—that is, they indicate the end of a sentence two properties of end punctuation are (a) that they are almost never used in combination with one another (even though sometimes it seems like they should be) and (b) that there is a hierarchy among the marks that. A rhetorical question can end in either a question mark, or an exclamation point or a period, depending on context and the writer's purpose i did everything i could for that company do you think they thanked me.
Short story/essay articles/freelance question mark placement in dialogue the question mark should always appear at the end of the question—whether that's. Apa style (6th edition) (or exclamation/question mark, if you're getting fancy) you may also change the punctuation mark at the end of a sentence to fit. A sentence ending with an interrobang asks a question in an mark and u+2049 ⁉ exclamation question mark the interrobang can be used in some word.
When a complete sentence occurs in parentheses in the middle of a larger sentence, it should neither be capitalized nor end with a period—though a question mark or exclamation point is acceptable we verified his law degree (none of us thought he was lying about that) but not his billion-dollar verdict against exxon (how gullible did he think. Question mark direct questions the question mark is used at the end of a direct question indirect questions take a period direct question: what is she doing tonight. It should not be italicized or placed in quotation marks, and it should not have a full stop at the end any punctuation or italics which are required for independent reasons should be used normally this includes a question mark at the end if the title is a question. Use a question mark  at the end of a direct question 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.
Exclamation mark/exclamation point () the main use of the exclamation mark is to end sentences that express: an exclamation: ow that hurt question mark (. Get grammar girl's take on whether rhetorical questions need a question mark learn rhetorical and tag questions are and it can end in either a question mark or. Question mark is placed inside the closing quote mark, followed by the parenthetical page reference, followed by an ending period also, a quoted phrase inside of your quote should be marked by single quote marks ('we are who we are' in. Rhetorical questions can be ended with either a question mark, an exclamation mark or a period using a question mark is probably the most common choice, but it is really up to the writer to use whatever punctuation matches best the intent of the rhetorical question. Ellipsis plus question mark if i want to ask a question, but i want to trail off at the end, can i use both a question mark and an ellipses together or do i have.
Conclusion - summarising the main arguments made in your essay and ending with your main argument catch the examiner's eye - your essay will be one of possibly hundreds that an examiner has to read and mark. A question mark replaces a period at the end of a sentence incorrect: avoid the common trap of using question marks with indirect questions, which are statements. Terminating marks question mark end direct questions, requiring a response, with a question mark may i borrow your copy of the book what did you think of the play.
Ending an essay- is it a good idea to end and essay with a question is it good to end an essay with a question most students debate on whether it is good to conclude an essay with a question. The quotation is not a question the question mark goes outside the quotation to indicate that the whole sentence is the question hamilton college 198 college.
Every mark has its own unique specification and function in the grammar but a period, an exclamation mark and a question mark are such marks that can play a same role and that is to end up a sentence. Cram up writing punctuation (full stop, question mark, exclamation mark) in english punctuation marks that end sentences note : americans often type two blanks after the punctuation mark at the end of a sentence. The placement of question marks with quotation marks follows logic the question mark replaces a comma but do not use closing quotation marks until the end. For nouns not ending in -s essays, and newspaper and magazine articles (the question mark does not refer to the phrase within the quotation marks so the.