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    question mark or period

    Hi All,

    I want to know if I should use a question mark or a period after a sentence like 'I forgot to ask you yesterday if you have heard back from Rich yet'. Also, should I use 'had' instead of 'have' in the clause to make it consistent with the past tense of the main sentence?


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    Re: question mark or period

    Use the question mark only when you ask a direct question.
    Have you heard back from Rich yet?

    When you have an indirect question, as you do here, use a period/full stop.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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