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    Can anyone tell me what the English grammar rule is for using the word "OK"?
    Is it improper to end a sentence with the word "OK" but not use a question mark? What about if a question mark is used? For example: It's time to go to bed ok. Or, it's time to go to bed, ok? Which one , if either is correct?


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    Re: I need help with my grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by freebutterfly View Post
    Can anyone tell me what the English grammar rule is for using the word "OK"?
    Is it improper to end a sentence with the word "OK" but not use a question mark? What about if a question mark is used? For example: It's time to go to bed ok. Or, it's time to go to bed, ok? Which one , if either is correct?


    Dear Flutterbye,
    If I were talking to my children, I would not be ASKING them if it's time to go to bed, I would say very firmly, "It's time to go to bed now."
    Otherwise, I think using OK at the end of a sentence/question is just poor usage.
    I am not a teacher, and I don't know the rule about this, but it just sounds sloppy to me.

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    Re: I need help with my grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by freebutterfly View Post
    Can anyone tell me what the English grammar rule is for using the word "OK"?
    Is it improper to end a sentence with the word "OK" but not use a question mark? What about if a question mark is used? For example: It's time to go to bed ok. Or, it's time to go to bed, ok? Which one , if either is correct?
    1. I usually see it spelled out: okay.

    2. If you're using it as a question, as above, then yes, of course, you need a question mark:

    It's time to go to bed, okay?
    It's time to go to bed, agreed?
    It's time to go to bed, right?


    3. If it's not a question, then you don't:

    Call me when you're feeling okay.
    Let me know if you get an okay.
    I wonder if she's okay.


    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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    Re: I need help with my grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Pheebs View Post
    I am not a teacher, and I don't know the rule about this, but it just sounds sloppy to me.
    Not sloppy, just informal. Okay?

    =O]


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    Re: I need help with my grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Not sloppy, just informal. Okay?

    =O]


    Yes, informal, but my beloved English/Latin teacher would definitely have called it sloppy.
    No offense intended.

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