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    Red face When not to put a question mark after the "wh"s?!

    Hello :)

    Imagine this is a title of a magazine story:
    Why did doctors tell us not to eat fast food?

    Then we ideally put a question mark because this is clearly a question.

    But what about this:

    Why Doctors told not to eat fast food


    Do we put a question mark after that or not?
    It starts with "why", but the meaning is not a question, it is rather affirmative. It's like saying:
    This is why doctors told us not to eat fast food.

    So, do we put a question mark or not?

    Thanks :)

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    Default Re: When not to put a question mark after the "wh"s?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ducklet Cat View Post
    Hello :)

    Why Doctors told us not to eat fast food


    Do we put a question mark after that or not?
    It starts with "why", but the meaning is not a question, it is rather affirmative. It's like saying:
    This is why doctors told us not to eat fast food.

    So, do we put a question mark or not?
    No, for the reason you have given.

    Similarly, the example below reports a question, but is not itself a question:

    He asked why doctors told us not to eat fast food.

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    Default Re: When not to put a question mark after the "wh"s?!

    Great, Thanks :)

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    Default Re: When not to put a question mark after the "wh"s?!

    If you are clear on that, I'll add one that I refrained from mentioning in my last post:

    Did he ask why doctors told us not to eat fast food?

    The words in italics are, as before, not a direct question.
    However the words in bold are a direct question, and require the question mark at the end.

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    Default Re: When not to put a question mark after the "wh"s?!

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    If you are clear on that, I'll add one that I refrained from mentioning in my last post:

    Did he ask why doctors told us not to eat fast food?

    The words in italics are, as before, not a direct question.
    However the words in bold are a direct question, and require the question mark at the end.
    That's very instructive. Thanks.

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