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    A question mark in parentheses

    Is the following sentence correct grammatically? If so, then What does it mean? , What is the importance of parentheses?


    His great-great-grandfather ( Nelson Bridger?) supposedly fought in the Black Hawk War.

    Another example, Chaucer was born in 1343(?). ( Why does the question mark come in the parentheses and Why does the period come after the question mark?
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    Re: A question mark in parentheses

    The question mark represents uncertainty in both parenthetical statements. A period follows the parentheses after the date to end the sentence.
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    Re: A question mark in parentheses

    In the first sentence, Does it mean the speaker is not certain about his great-great-grandfather's name Nelson Bridger? or Is not he certain about his participation in the war?

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    Re: A question mark in parentheses

    Placing both the name and the question mark in parentheses means he's uncertain about the name.

    Please review the rules of capitalization. Don't capitalize words within sentences unless they are proper nouns.
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    Re: A question mark in parentheses

    Could you please mention the mistakes related to capitalization?

    The following names must be capitalized.

    Nelson Bridger.

    Black Hawk War.


    Thank you.

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    Re: A question mark in parentheses

    Three words in post #1 and two in post #3 are capitalized that shouldn't be. They are neither proper nouns nor the first words of a sentence.

    One word in post #3 that should be capitalized is not. Can you find the errors?
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    Re: A question mark in parentheses

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Three words in post #1 and two in post #3 are capitalized that shouldn't be. They are neither proper nouns nor the first words of a sentence.

    One word in post #3 that should be capitalized is not. Can you find the errors?
    I would appreciate if you could help me.

    Thank you.

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    Re: A question mark in parentheses

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmvp View Post
    Is the following sentence correct grammatically? If so, then What does it mean ? , and What is the importance of parentheses?

    Another example, Chaucer was born in 1343(?). ( Why does the question mark come in the parentheses and Why does the period come after the question mark?
    Quote Originally Posted by mrmvp View Post
    In the first sentence, Does it mean the speaker is not certain about his great-great-grandfather's name Nelson Bridger ? or Is not he certain about his participation in the war?
    I've marked incorrect upper case letters in red. Don't put a space after an opening parenthesis.

    I hope this helps!
    Last edited by GoesStation; 06-Aug-2017 at 14:38. Reason: Fix an error.
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