Information or permission
A question asks for information or makes a request for permission.
- What will we do tomorrow?
- Where does he live?
- How many cats really have nine lives?
- Can we go to the ice cream store?
- May I help you climb the ladder?
- What’s your name?
- My name’s Samantha. What’s yours?
- May I have a raise in my allowance?
- Are you willing to work for it?
- He came early?
- He said that?
- Terri’s great-grandparents were married in 1791 (1792?) in Alcester (?), England.
- That huge storm dropped 8 [?] inches of rain in less than 24 hours.
- It’s supposed to snow tonight, isn’t it?
- Mary said her last name is Johannsen, didn’t she?
- They wondered when the rain would start.
- The little girl asked if Santa would come before she went to bed.
- When did he say the meeting started? At 9? At 10? At 11?
- What flowers are they bringing? Roses? Tulips? Daisies? Mums?
If said in exasperation, it could end in an exclamation mark.
- Would you please eat your peas.
- Could you get me an ice cream bar.
- How many times have I told you!
Punctuation with quotation marks
Question marks follow their questions.
Question is the spoken words.
- After much hesitation, she asked, “When can I go?”
- When Sara came home after midnight, her mother always wanted to know, “Where have you been?”
Sentence is the question.
- Do you remember who sang, “Ring of Fire”?
- I’m not sure, but didn’t he also sing, “Daddy Sang Bass”?
Both sentence and spoken words are questions.
- I’m thinking. Who sang, “What’s Your Mama’s Name?”
- And isn’t he the same one who sang, “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier?”
(And for you young people, it was Johnny Cash, the Man in Black.)