Is it ok to insert a question within a statement? Would this sentence be ok?

"Sure the phone maybe obsolete years down the road because of the advances in the technology and the operating system, but can't we just enjoy it for now(.)?"

I put the period in closing parenthesis, because of it is ok to write a sentence like that, whether to use a period or a question mark.

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    It's your stylistic choice whether to use a full stop or a comma before but (or alternative orthography, such as a hyphen or ellipses), but this doesn't affect the basic principle - those final 7 words are a question (albeit probably rhetorical, not really expecting an answer), so they must be followed by a question mark. – FumbleFingers Oct 2 '17 at 12:58

The phrase "can't we just enjoy it for now" is a question, so it should end with a question mark. The first part of it is just leading up to the question.

Also note that you should use "may be" (two words) here instead of "maybe".

  • Yes. This isn't a "question within a statement". It's a question that is phrased as a complex sentence. While complex sentences may be difficult to understand at times, there's nothing inherent wrong with them. – Jay Oct 2 '17 at 16:08

A rhetorical question (a question used to establish the topic, but which you yourself intend to answer) is nevertheless still a question. For example:

If the primary concern is safety, would it not be better to ban young people from playing sports? I think not ...

You can include a question within a statement as a direct quote, in which case you include the question mark:

If we were to ask, "Is it better to ban all young people from playing sports?" I think the answer would be a resounding "No!"

or an indirect quote, in which case you rephrase the question:

If we were to ask whether it is better to ban all young people from playing sports, I think the answer would be a resounding "no".

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