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    Default question mark or period?

    I don't know if this type of question had been brought up before; if it had I apologize for redundancy.
    Please examine the following passages:

    "Darcy points out that Mr Bennet has acted with impropriety, but does the reader have to agree with this statement. "
    "Her family don't always behave well, especially at the Netherfield Ball,but does he have to keep reminding her about it. "

    Why, at the end of both sentences, do the writer use periods instead of question marks ? And I've seen many others do the same thing.
    Last edited by nonEnglish; 29-Aug-2005 at 07:52.

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    Default Re: question mark or period?

    Well, rhetorical questions -questions posed for rhetorical effect rather than for the purpose of gaining an answer - often don't end in a question mark. For example,

    [1] Darcy points out that Mr Bennet has acted with impropriety, but does the reader have to agree with this statement.
    => Without the question mark, "but . . . ." means, Darcy can be pompous, so the reader doesn't always agree with Darcy's point of view.

    [2] Her family doesn't always behave well, especially at the Netherfield Ball, but does he have to keep reminding her about it.
    => Without the question mark, "but . . . . " means, it's rude and utterly mean of him to continually remind her about her family's behavior.

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