Periods and Question Marks

I think I was in second grade when I learned this. I was definitely in elementary school. This is not even eighth-grade grammar.

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A period ends a sentence that is a statement (a telling sentence).
Examples:

  • I am going shopping.
  • Sally likes Italian food.
  • The sky is blue.

A question mark ends a sentence that is a question (an asking sentence).
Examples:

  • Are you going shopping?
  • What kind of food does Sally like?
  • What color is the sky?

This week I witnessed an executive and a teacher confuse the two. I wept.

 

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