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    When I take dictation from my boss she insists on adding a question mark at the end of a sentence such as this:

    Would you please arrange for one of the Trustees to send the minutes of the Trustees' meetings to me in order that I can review them?

    I say that this doesn't need a question mark but I cannot find the correct terminology to use the prove my point.

    Many thanks.

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    Default Re: The use of questionmarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia Casey
    Would you please arrange for one of the Trustees to send the minutes of the Trustees' meetings to me in order that I can review them?
    Hi Patricia,

    As the above is a question, why would you not use a question mark?

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    Default Re: The use of questionmarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia Casey
    When I take dictation from my boss she insists on adding a question mark at the end of a sentence such as this:

    Would you please arrange for one of the Trustees to send the minutes of the Trustees' meetings to me in order that I can review them?
    When a question constitutes a polite request, it is usually not followed by a question mark:

    Would everyone in the room who hasn't received an ID card please move to the front of the line.

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    Really? Well I'll be ********.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    Really? Well I'll be ********.

    You learn something every day (especially at this forum).
    Mind you, that's not to say that "Would you please arrange for one of the Trustees to send the minutes of the Trustees' meetings to me in order that I can review them?" shouldn't end in a question mark. :)

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    Default Re: The use of questionmarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia Casey
    When I take dictation from my boss she insists on adding a question mark at the end of a sentence such as this:

    Would you please arrange for one of the Trustees to send the minutes of the Trustees' meetings to me in order that I can review them?
    When a question constitutes a polite request, it is usually not followed by a question mark:

    Would everyone in the room who hasn't received an ID card please move to the front of the line.

    www.webster.commnet

    :)
    Good find, Cas. Your link is really not a link. Here is the page:

    http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/marks/question.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    Really? Well I'll be ********.

    You learn something every day (especially at this forum).
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