question mark punctuation

Both speakers and writers often use question mark punctuation incorrectly.

For example, unless the speaker/writer of the sentence below wants to broadcast her own insecurity and is looking for approval, the question mark doesn’t belong there:

“Then I asked her if she owns her home?”

The next example is a direct question. In this case, the question mark is correct:

“Do you own your home?”

You can also use a question mark to express surprise or confusion:

“You went to Iceland last weekend?”

For more information about question mark punctuation, see The Chicago Manual of Style.

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