Language Arts - Punctuation - Question Marks
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Language Arts - Punctuation - Question Marks

The Question Mark

As you know question marks are used at the end of questions.


  Have you seen my pencil?

  Would you like some more spinach?

  When will it stop raining?


Sentences which ask questions are often called interrogative sentences. These kinds of sentences end with question marks.

  Do you understand what I'm talking about?

  Are you sure?

Which of the following sentences are interrogatives?

 1) Can I go with you

 2) That cookie looks delicious

 3) Do you want a cookie


The first and third examples are interrogatives. They should end with question marks. The second example is not an interrogative. It should end with a period.

Here are a few more interrogatives for you to inspect.


  Did you like the movie?

  Should we go now?

  How many cookies did you eat?

  When will we be leaving?


Certain words at the beginning of a sentence help to identify it as a question. Here are some words that commonly appear at the beginning of questions:

	Who		What		Where

	When		Why		How

	Should		Could		Did

	Do		Can		May

	Would		Will		Shall

	Are		Is		Have

Here are a few more sample interrogatives (also known as: questions). It might help you to keep in mind that interrogative sounds like interrogate, which usually involves someone asking a bunch of questions!

 1) Shall we attend the ceremony?

 2) Would you like to help out?

 3) May I take your coat?

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