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    When to use multiple question marks in a sentence

    Hi,

    Please help with the following:

    How many question marks does the following sentence require and where would they be placed??

    We would be interested in knowing whether a procedural
    change has been put in place, is it in writing, and
    who is responsible for it


    Is it gramatically correct or should all questions be separate sentences?
    Would it be correct to place 3 question marks at the end of the sentence?

    Would you kindly provide a reference for your answer?

    Thank you for your help

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    How to use question marks

    Hi,

    Please help with the following:

    How many question marks does the following sentence require and where would they be placed??

    We would be interested in knowing whether a procedural
    change has been put in place, is it in writing, and
    who is responsible for it


    Is it gramatically correct or should all questions be separate sentences?
    Would it be correct to place 3 question marks at the end of the sentence?

    Would you kindly provide a reference for your answer?

    Thank you for your help

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    Re: How to use question marks

    Quote Originally Posted by Bernspeak View Post
    Hi,

    Please help with the following:

    How many question marks does the following sentence require and where would they be placed??

    We would be interested in knowing whether a procedural
    change has been put in place, is it in writing, and
    who is responsible for it


    Is it gramatically correct or should all questions be separate sentences?
    Would it be correct to place 3 question marks at the end of the sentence?

    Would you kindly provide a reference for your answer?

    Thank you for your help
    If you put it like this one question mark will suffice;

    We would be interested in knowing whether a procedural change has been put in place, whether it is in writing and who is responsible for it?

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    Re: How to use question marks

    One question mark only. Using more than one question mark is non-standard punctuation. If your teacher is telling you that there are "rules" concerning the number of question marks to use at the end of a sentence, this is wrong.

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    Re: When to use multiple question marks in a sentence

    Never use more the one question mark per sentence.

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    Re: When to use multiple question marks in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi,

    Please help with the following:

    How many question marks does the following sentence require and where would they be placed??

    We would be interested in knowing whether a procedural
    change has been put in place, is it in writing, and
    who is responsible for it


    Is it gramatically correct or should all questions be separate sentences?
    Would it be correct to place 3 question marks at the end of the sentence?

    Would you kindly provide a reference for your answer?

    Thank you for your help
    Each question only has one question mark at the end. In your example, I would write this:

    We would be interested in knowing whether a procedural change has been put in place. Is it in writing? Who is responsible for it?

    You could also condense it into fewer questions?

    Has a written procedural change been put in place? Who is responsible for it?

    I hope that helps! Occasionally, we will write multiple question marks at the end of a question online or in an email, but it's usually just informal to indicate emphasis.

    Michele

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    Re: How to use question marks

    In your sentence you do not need a question mark at all since it is not a question but a request for information.

    Has a procedural change been put in place, is it in writing, and who is responsible for it?
    OR Can you tell us whether a procedural change has been put in place, is it in writing, and who is responsible for it? both need a question mark.

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