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Chapter 28. Mark Me: Punctuation > End Runs: Period, Question Mark, and Exclama... - Pg. 323

Mark Me: Punctuation Example: The sign read, "The IRS--Be audit you can be." 323 End marks aren't difficult to use--but they are important. Every time you write a sentence, select the end mark you need to convey your exact meaning. The Question Mark Walk this way when you use question marks at the end of your sentences. · Use a question mark after a question. Example: If police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent? · Place the question mark inside closing quotation marks if it is part of the quotation. Example: "If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?" she asked. · Place the question mark outside the closing quotation marks if it is not part of the quotation. Example: Was it your candidate who said, "No president of the United States was an only child"? The Exclamation Mark In speech, exclamations are used freely, especially in moment of high passion as when the sink overflows during a dinner party. In writing, however, it is far more convincing to create emphasis by the force of your words rather than the force of your punctuation. Author! Author!