Easy Learning

The question mark ( ? ) - Easy Learning Grammar

The question mark marks the end of a question.
  • When will we be arriving?
  • Why did you do that?
  • Does any of this matter?
  • He’s certain to be elected, isn’t he?
Question marks are used in direct questions, i.e. when the actual words of a speaker are used. A reported question should end with a full stop.
  • The lady said, ‘Where are you going?
  • The lady asked where she was going.
Note that you put a question mark at the end of a question, even if the words in the sentence are not in the normal question order, or some words are omitted. Care is needed here as such a sentence can look, at first sight, like a statement rather than a question.
  • You know he doesn’t live here any longer?
A full stop, rather than a question mark, is used after an indirect question.
  • I’d like to know what you’ve been doing all this time.
  • I wonder what’s happened.
A full stop also replaces a question mark at the end of a sentence which looks like a question if, in fact, it is really a polite request.
  • Will you please return the completed forms to me.
  • Would you please call my brother and ask him to collect my car.

Vedi contenuto correlato

NUOVO da Collins!
NUOVO da Collins!
Elenchi di parole inglesi
Elenchi di parole inglesi
Ultime parole inviate
Ultime parole inviate
Facile apprendimento della grammatica inglese
Facile apprendimento della grammatica inglese
COBUILD Grammar Patterns
COBUILD Grammar Patterns
Blog di amanti delle parole
Blog di amanti delle parole
Scrabble Checker online
Scrabble Checker online
The Paul Noble Method
The Paul Noble Method
Create an account and sign in to access this FREE content
Register now or login in to access