Re: Need advice
Ann English <Ann.English <at> clear.net.nz>
2010-08-03 19:02:24 GMT
On 4/08/2010, at 3:38 AM, kn srivastava wrote:
> (1) * I wonder if Thursday morning 07:30 CET (15:30 AEST) would be
> suitable for you?
> Someone wrote me as above. Is it correct to put a question mark (?) in
> above sentence. I feel only "full stop" is appropriate and correct.
In grammar, (1) is not a question, therefore the full stop is usual.
The sentence has a falling intonation, just like my statement above,
and just like this sentence as well.
The voice drops because the sentence is a statement of fact.
However, to be polite, we sometimes say a statement as if it was a
question. The rising voice at the end makes the listener feel as if
you are asking, not telling..
(2) You will take milk and sugar? [= Will you (etc.)?]
(3) The parcel has|hasn't arrived yet?
(4) You're just about finished?
A tag question can go after any statement, of course.
(2a) You will take milk and sugar, won't you?
(3a) The parcel has|hasn't arrived yet, hasn't|has it?
In writing, we need symbols to replace tone-of-voice, so a careful
writer will put the question mark in 1, 2, 3, and 4 if it's