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    Question mark should be there after sentence 'HOW DO YOU DO' ? or '!'

    I was wondering and discussed with my friends whether there should be a question mark '?' or an exclamation mark '!' or simply a full stop '.' after it is written HOW DO YOU DO ? ! . Please help.

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    Re: Question mark should be there after sentence 'HOW DO YOU DO' ? or '!'

    The thing is this: nobody says "how do you do" nowadays. Perhaps if you were invited to a Buckingham Palace garden party the Queen might ask "How do you do?" or you might ask her the same. Short of that, the expression is purely archaic. Probably a question mark is a good idea, but in the actual circumstances it really does not matter.

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    Re: Question mark should be there after sentence 'HOW DO YOU DO' ? or '!'

    A question mark. Even though the speaker might not be looking for an answer (as part of a rhetorical greeting expression), it is, nevertheless, a question.

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    Re: Question mark should be there after sentence 'HOW DO YOU DO' ? or '!'

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    The thing is this: nobody says "how do you do" nowadays. Perhaps if you were invited to a Buckingham Palace garden party the Queen might ask "How do you do?" or you might ask her the same. Short of that, the expression is purely archaic. Probably a question mark is a good idea, but in the actual circumstances it really does not matter.
    It is still used in formal introductions in the UK, and well beyond the world of Buckingham Palace garden parties. I would use a question mark.

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    Re: Question mark should be there after sentence 'HOW DO YOU DO' ? or '!'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It is still used in formal introductions in the UK, and well beyond the world of Buckingham Palace garden parties. I would use a question mark.
    It is still in use in the USA as well.

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