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    Default Re: Question on the verb 'look' for physical description.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In BrE this is the sentence: You mean the long form of the above mentioned question is "What does she look like?". "What does she look like?" is in parenthesis and forms part of the sentence, the sentence is terminated with a full stop.
    I agree with the logic of that, but I was taught, many years ago, that the question mark inside the quotation marks ended the sentence.
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    Default Re: Question on the verb 'look' for physical description.

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    I agree with the logic of that, but I was taught, many years ago, that the question mark inside the quotation marks ended the sentence.
    OK. we'll agree to differ then.

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    Default Re: Question on the verb 'look' for physical description.

    I'm with 5jj. If there is a full stop, a question mark or an exclamation mark at the end of a quotation, and it also happens to mark the end of a sentence, then no further punctuation is necessary, unless the whole sentence is a question.

    He said "What does she look like?"
    Would it be correct for me to say "Wow. That's amazing!"?

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    Default Re: Question on the verb 'look' for physical description.

    You mean the long form of the above mentioned question is "What does she look like?".
    Isn't that entire sentence a question about a question? Should there be two question marks, one inside the quotes and one outside?

    I say yes, it's a question about a question and no, only one question mark is needed, inside the quotes, which sufficiently ends the sentence.

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    Default Re: Question on the verb 'look' for physical description.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Isn't that entire sentence a question about a question? Should there be two question marks, one inside the quotes and one outside?

    I say yes, it's a question about a question and no, only one question mark is needed, inside the quotes, which sufficiently ends the sentence.
    If the whole thing is a question, then I think that two question marks are appropriate - otherwise it can only be a statement.

    Even if it the whole thing were clearly phrased as a question, I'd still use a question mark:

    Do you mean the long form of the above mentioned question is "What does she look like?"?

    All the systems I have seen are inconsistent. I have given below examples of the only nearly-consistent, but cluttered, system I can think of:

    He said "I love you.".
    He asked "Do you love me?".
    Did he say "I love you."?
    Did he ask "Do you love me?"?
    "I love you." said John.
    "Do you love me?" asked John.


    Note that in the first four examples there is no puctuation mark before the first quotation marks, as there would not be in He said something.

    This is the inconsistent system I was taught at school many years ago:

    He said, "I love you."
    He asked, "Do you love me?"
    Did he say, "I love you"?
    Did he ask, "Do you love me?"? (I am not sure if I have remembered that correctly)
    "I love you," said John.
    "Do you love me?" asked John.
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