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Why do we use a question mark while an interrogative sentence itself is in a direct question form?

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That is actually a kind of redundancy present in English language. Even a full stop can suffice. The structure itself expresses the interrogative sense. However in communicative Englsh, a positive sentence can also be used as a question 'e.g. You are from Delhi? meaning Are you from Delhi?'. In this... read more
That is actually a kind of redundancy present in English language. Even a full stop can suffice. The structure itself expresses the interrogative sense. However in communicative Englsh, a positive sentence can also be used as a question 'e.g. You are from Delhi? meaning Are you from Delhi?'. In this case, a question mark at the end in more relevant to express the interrogative sense. read less
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Rule of Punctuations as a '?' is used when a question is asked.
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It is an old and useful convention.
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Written communication is without the benefit of emphasis on the last word as is the case with the pronunciation. Hence the question mark. Besides the rule of grammar decides the matter. In case of pronunciation you have the benefit of force / emphasis on the last word to indicate that it is question.... read more
Written communication is without the benefit of emphasis on the last word as is the case with the pronunciation. Hence the question mark. Besides the rule of grammar decides the matter. In case of pronunciation you have the benefit of force / emphasis on the last word to indicate that it is question. But in written format there is no such advantage. Besides rule of the grammar decides the guidelines. read less
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Hi Singaravelu, For an interrogative sentence / questions, example - do you have his contact no? When you ask this question to a friend, you are not sure if your friend has the contact number. So wherever you're are not sure, you will have to use a question mark.
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One, it's a rule of punctuation, just like how we use a capital letter after a full stop: should the upper case be dropped or the full stop? - as one indicates the beginning of a sentence and other the end. But we still use both, though one could of them indicate the end or beginning of the sentence. Two,... read more
One, it's a rule of punctuation, just like how we use a capital letter after a full stop: should the upper case be dropped or the full stop? - as one indicates the beginning of a sentence and other the end. But we still use both, though one could of them indicate the end or beginning of the sentence. Two, in rhetorical talk, we often use the interrogative form, without expecting an answer. There the question mark (?) is often replaced by the exclamation mark (!) Ex: Where have you been all my life! Three, the romance of the language. It just looks good! :-) read less
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The question mark (P) most often ends a sentence that is a direct question or request. ... , for example Will you inform me if your shipment does not arrive by june 10? . Use a question mark to end a statement that has an interrogative meaning a statement that is declarative in form but asks a questi... read more
The question mark (P) most often ends a sentence that is a direct question or request. ... [direct question], for example Will you inform me if your shipment does not arrive by june 10? [request]. Use a question mark to end a statement that has an interrogative meaning—a statement that is declarative in form but asks a question. read less
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A question or a query mark at the end of a lexical string is a phonological boundary to mark the intonational group initiated at the beginning of the sentence. Besides, the verb-subject inversion is always the indicator of the interrogative contour of the context. Hence, a question mark is the diacritic... read more
A question or a query mark at the end of a lexical string is a phonological boundary to mark the intonational group initiated at the beginning of the sentence. Besides, the verb-subject inversion is always the indicator of the interrogative contour of the context. Hence, a question mark is the diacritic device for denoting the interrogative intent of even a declarative sentence. ex; you are learning grammar? read less
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It happens to be a rule of punctuation just like a full stop (.) is used at the end of a sentence to convey that the sentence is now complete.
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