Why with a question mark?
why is it, that if you start a sentence with the
word 'why' do you have to finish it with a question mark
TB helped out here:
the question mark originated as a
representation of the Latin word <quaestio>, originally 'seeking'
but later 'question'. The abbreviation 'Qo' was written by scribes
at the end of a sentence which was meant to be a question. Over
time, with people's sloppy writing, this 'Qo' was simplified into
the curlicue and underdot which is our question mark.
David K did a bit of work to find this:
First of all, the writer of this
question didn't even end his OWN sentence with a question mark!
But, in reality, I can think of an example of a sentence with the
first word being "why" and NOT having to end the sentence with a
"WHY" is a 3-letter word.
That is a statement, not a question, so it does NOT end with a
question mark. Most sentences starting with "WHY" are indeed
QUESTIONS, so they must be ended with question marks.
pavolka shared this:
It's a printers' convention, same as putting a comma
or period inside the quotation marks and the exclamation point
Sarah added this:
when you say why at the beginning of a
sentence, that means its A QUESTION!! its only proper grammar to put
the question mark at the end. but hey, if you wanna start a silent
protest, eat your heart out.
forrest sent us this website:
this web site answered more than I wanted to know!?
Curt turned in his homework:
If you start with a why in a sentence
you don't have to end with a question mark. For example "Why, thats
ubsurd!" If it is used as a conjunction it doesn't necesarily have
to be used with a question mark. When not used as a interjection why
indicates a question which always is followed by a question mark.
Mr. Obvious turned in this:
Sentences begun with "Why" will always end in a
question mark because they will always be questions. There's no way
to make a declaration or a command when the first word of your
sentence is "why."
The Saint reported this piece of information:
Because it's what's called an interrogative pronoun
(like it's cousins who, what, when, where and how), that implies a
question--usually, that is. The truth is, you don't always have to.
Consider the following:
Why we don't have to use a question mark is an interesting
"Why?" you ask, increadulously.
"Why, how interesting," she said lasciviously.
(In the first example, "why" becomes the subject; in the second it's
quote and the sentence continues to the period; in the last, it's
just a curious speech mannerism showing remarkability rather than a
Sp00k remembered he was part of the time and
concluded with this:
Why, I do believe, if I remember my grammar
correctly, and you pay attention, I can answer your question.
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