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    Is it a question or not?

    Should I always put question mark after a sentence which begins with "Could you please"?

    For example,

    Could you please let me know how much the postage is and I will send you the money to cover the cost. (or '?')

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    Re: Is it a question or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tvita View Post
    Should I always put question mark after a sentence which begins with "Could you please"? No.
    For example,

    Could you please let me know how much the postage is and I will send you the money to cover the cost. (or '?') In fact you should not put a question mark after a sentence like that because it is not a question; it is a request.
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    Re: Is it a question or not?

    Do you mean we need no question mark in:
    Can you open the window, please? or that we don't need it in
    Can you, please, open the window because it is very hot in here and I'm much afraid that unless you do it, and do it quickly, someone is going to faint?

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    Re: Is it a question or not?

    [quote=Wuisi;251590]Do you mean we need no question mark in:
    Can you open the window, please? or that we don't need it in
    Can you, please, open the window because it is very hot in here and I'm much afraid that unless you do it, and do it quickly, someone is going to faint?
    No and no. Those are not questions, just polite or urgent requests.

    But if you say (Can)(Could) I please open....., that is a question and you then need a question mark.
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    Re: Is it a question or not?

    Thanks, I didn't know that; so we need no question marks in requests whatever the length and form. Is it also true for invitations, offers, suggestions...
    Would you like/Fancy a cup of tea? and Would you like/Fancy a cup of tea.
    Shall I help you? and shall I help you.
    Why don't we go? and why don't we go.
    Please, tell me. And, please tell me also whether you mean requests take no question mark or you 'can' leave the question mark out. Thank you very much.


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    Re: Is it a question or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wuisi View Post
    Thanks, I didn't know that; so we need no question marks in requests whatever the length and form. Is it also true for invitations, offers, suggestions...
    Would you like/Fancy a cup of tea? and Would you like/Fancy a cup of tea.
    Shall I help you? and shall I help you.
    Why don't we go? and why don't we go.
    Please, tell me. And, please tell me also whether you mean requests take no question mark or you 'can' leave the question mark out. Thank you very much.
    Hi, I've been doing some research and I've finally found what I was looking for:

    When a question constitutes a polite request, it is usually not followed by a question mark. This becomes more true as the request becomes longer and more complex:
    Would everyone in the room who hasn't received an ID card please move to the front of the line

    So, only for polite requests. Thanks.

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