How Do You Place a Question Mark When You Ask More Than One Question?

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A question mark is placed at the end of a sentence that is a direct question. In most instances, two questions become two sentences, with a question mark at the end of each sentence.

Two Questions, One Mark

  • Two questions can be rephrased to create one sentence with one question mark. You can ask two questions: Do you want meat? Do you want fish? An alternative is: Do you want meat or fish? Another example of using one mark for two questions, from the University of Maryland Writing Center, uses a quotation: Did Fadumo ask, “Are we going to the Washington Monument?”

One Sentence, Many Questions

  • The Capital Community College Foundation offers this example of how to combine one question with several follow-up questions into one sentence: "Who is responsible for executing the plan? the coach? the coaching staff? the players?" Some writers, however, instead follow the rule that each follow-up question should begin with a capital letter.

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