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    Punctuation A quick question.... mark .... question.

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by castingflame, Mar 2, 2016.

    Firstly I confess I am being lazy and have not done my normal hours long research before asking a community a question but here it goes.

    Should I have Both question marks or just one at the end?

    1. More of the Shamans magic?, you wonder, or just a natural phenomenon?
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    2. More of the Shamans magic, you wonder, or just a natural phenomenon?

    and maybe the commas could use some work, but I was just wondering about the ? question :)



    Are there any 'quick guide' resources for this sort of thing? Maybe something I could read on my mobile on my way to sleep :)

    Thanks, Paul
     
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    I'd go with option 2. It deals with exclamation points and quotes rather than question marks and thoughts, but rule #8 here is basically what you're talking about.
     
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    Hi castingflame, option 2 is the one you want, at least in standard English. You've got a compound sentence that contains questions, so you should stick the question mark at the end, where you'd normally put the full stop (or period, for those reading in American).
     
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    I will chime in with the rest that Option #2 is what you want. You've at least made it easier in yourself by placing the attribution mid-sentence as an interjection, which makes the question mark at the end a much more cut and dry affair. Also, the word wonder, in this case, serves as a kind of verbal punctuation so regardless of how wrong that first question mark is in Option #1 (and it is wrong), it's presence isn't required. It might not read as prettily, but could be reworded as:

    2. More of the Shamans magic, you question, or just a natural phenomenon?

    Don't reword it to this last example. I provide it only to show how the meaning is unchanged because wondering is a flavor of questioning.
     
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    This, and--- and--- could we please get us an apostrophe in Shaman's?

    Or is it Shamans'? I'm not sure.
     
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    Well, left to my own devices, I would not have come up with the same conclusions as you all have. I guess this will change as I keep writing.

    @izzybot - Great resource thank you. I have send myself a link to read it in bed.

    @Wayjor Frippery - Thanks and I'll look at what a compound sentence is :)

    @Wreybies - Makes sense and thanks.

    @Catrin Lewis - Nice catch! I am sure my my entire little project is full of errors similar to that one but I will go through it after completion.

    Well guys I hope to finish this 'little' game development exorcise in the next couple of days but, as I have enjoyed it so much, I have decided to make writing part of my game development learning pipeline. As far as I can see, it will only be a positive in my life and a benefit to the creation process of game development.

    I thank you all for your continuing support. Knowing that there is a place like writingforums.org has been a major deciding factor to continue writing.

    kind regards
    castingflame
     
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