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S: The Question Mark

FC: ?? THE QUESTION MARK ?? | Kathleen Fuh 8/29/11 Mr. Gabriele Scrapbook

1: CORRECT | INCORRECT | --present in an indirect question | --present in a polite request | --missing in a direct question | --end a tag question | --end a sentence with an embedded question | --end a direct question | Ex. How are you today? | Ex. She is not getting better, is she? | Ex. Why are you not ready. | Ex. She asked her sister to leave? | Ex. Would everyone under 18 go to the back? | Ex. The ride will feel shorter, won't it, if we sleep? | Some Correct and Incorrect Uses of the Question Mark

2: Advertising slogans often ask questions. Milk, Snickers, and Klondike have used the question mark correctly at the end of these direct questions.

3: "Gadhafi planning a 'last stand'?" | --CNN.com | This sentence from a CNN article correctly uses and places the question mark. The question mark is outside the single quotation because it is not part of those words.

4: Even Hollywood knows how to use question marks. These movies were correctly punctuated. The one on the next page however needs an adjustment.

5: The title asks a direct question, but where is the question mark that should be at the end?

6: The big screen isn't the alone when it comes to question mark misuses. Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Scooby Doo Where are You! both need question marks at the end too.

7: Some shows, however, do correctly use the question mark at the end of their question title.

8: The actual song title is written correctly as Who Let the Dogs Out?, but the album title is incorrect. | Again, "who" asks a question but a question mark is missing.

9: Some albums that have questions in the title are correctly punctuated, like High School Musical 2's What Time Is It?

10: Back to movies and shows! The Joker and Bugs Bunny both had famous lines that were also correctly punctuated questions.

11: Common pop-up windows include ones such as the confirm close below, that correctly use a question mark after it asks to close. | Everyone forgets passwords at some point, like for Facebook (above), and the site is always ready to ask that question with a correct punctuation mark at the end.

12: This well-known acronym stands for What Would Jesus Do, which is a direct question, so there should be a question mark after the "D".

13: Article from: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44204783/ns/business-us_business/ | "So why isn't HP's strategy shift getting any love from investors?" --msnbc.msn.com

14: "Will Americans leave the U.S. for better jobs?" --CNN.com | CNN's article title is correctly punctuated with a question mark at the end.

15: Instead of an exclamation point there sould be a question mark. | This sentence is correct.

16: Even though this sentence starts with the question word "how", it is an indirect question and therefore should end in a period.

17: Tag questions are sentences that start off as statements, which makes it tempting to end these in periods; however, they end with question words, so therefore need question marks. | TAG QUESTIONS

18: Mistakes are everywhere, even outside Montgomery County Community College. This seatbelt sign asks car riders a question, but has no question mark (or any punctuation) at the end.

19: "Do you really want to spend the rest of your life wondering..." | ENLARGED | Under the word "TEMPTATION" is a direct question, so that sentence should end with a question mark and not an ellipses.

20: Just as Lynne Truss said in Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, the title of this article shows that people are now putting unnecessary question marks everywhere, even at the end of statements, which should end in periods. | "Everything ends up becoming a question? I'm talking about statements? It's getting quite annoying?" --Eats, Shoots, and Leaves


22: Insurance companies are always advertising by asking questions. ING, Geico, and CROP Insurance get it right by putting question marks after those questions.

23: Picture Sources | -http://www.junkfoodnews.net/logo_GotMilk-150.jpg -http://www.frugal-cafe.com/public_html/frugal-blog/frugal-cafe-blogzone/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/snickers-candy-bar.jpg -http://snackerrific.com/wp-content/snack-pictures/klondike-contest.jpg -http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41JVZ9KEK0L._SL500_AA300_.jpg -http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51G7DYV7E6L._SL500_AA300_.jpg -http://www.palzoo.net/file/pic/user/Who-Framed-Roger-Rabbit.jpg -http://www.popcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/who_wants_to_be_a_millionaire_returns.jpg -http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V3mrMKJG40Q/Tb-j1ENL_-I/AAAAAAAAAbg/3aDw5-dSFzc/s1600/Scooby-Doo-Where-Are-You.jpg -http://sharetv.org/shows/whose_line_is_it_anyway -http://www.5thgradertvshow.com/images/logo_home.jpg -http://i43.tower.com/images/mm106609620/who-are-you-cd-cover-art.jpg http://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/10d88cc5b256bfee83dbf38ed2b5f118/30582.jpg -http://www.mypartyplanner.com/products/high-school-musical-2:-what-time-is-it-single.html http://www.paintinghere.com/UploadPic/Unknown%20Artist/big/why%20so%20serious%20the%20joker.jpg -http://therecoveringpolitician.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/59-Bugs-whats-up-doc.jpg -http://1epicmom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/WWJD.jpg -http://www.the-best-childrens-books.org/image-files/trashlands-punctuation.jpg http://www.eslprintables.com/previewpowerpoints/2008/may/thumb805251717379037.jpg -http://idt2.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/question-tag.jpg -http://0.tqn.com/d/grammar/1/G/t/F/-/-/Bubble_tag_question.jpg -http://christianlenses.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/temptation.jpg http://network.nationalpost.com/NP/blogs/wealthyboomer/ING_BankSalary_300x250.gif

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