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Which one of the three sentences is correct regarding the place of "!" and capitalizing "because"?

  1. Could you please explain to me the course enrolment process? Because it is a bit unclear for me.

  2. Could you please explain to me the course enrolment process, because it is a bit unclear for me?

  3. Could you please explain to me the course enrolment process? because it is a bit unclear for me.

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    A question mark always goes at the end of a sentence. 1 and 2 are OK, the third is not. Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 7:16
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    Regarding (2) - some people would frown on starting a sentence with 'Because'. Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 10:01
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    In informal writing, you can have question marks in the middle of sentences. In formal English, (1) is ruled out because the second sentence doesn't contain a main clause, (3) is ruled out because the question mark doesn't end a sentence, so you're left with (2). Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 10:44
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    @PeterShor I wouldn't say a question mark in the middle of a sentence is ever OK (unless we count chatspeak, but there grammar and spelling go out of the window anyway), but 1) is fine in informal speech/writing (while being two sentences). Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 14:07

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The first one seems wrong not just grammatically but also from the implied meaning. Even if you were to use a sentence beginning with 'Because', using it right after a question indirectly implies that it is related to the answer. But here, you intend to convey part of your question through that clause.
The third one is wrong since the question mark does not end the sentence as @Peter_Shor has commented. In another sense, it is a less punctuated version of the first one as well. This leaves you with the second, which seems about right.

Tip: The only times you'd see a question mark before the end of a sentence is when there is a quotation in the sentence or when the sentence is a question-exclamation; eg:

"Why did he do it?" asked the teacher.

Isn't it shocking to learn about the incident?!

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    Are you sure about the first one? Because it seems just fine to me. Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 14:06
  • @MaciejStachowski Grammatically it is wrong. If you say that, you can make it feel right but, in the process, you shift to the second sentence Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 14:12
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    I'd argue otherwise. Starting a sentence with a conjunction is not an error, and it's especially common in my experience for because - you ask a question ("Are you sure?"), and then you clarify it in a separate sentence ("Because I think...") Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 14:18
  • @MaciejStachowski starting with a conjunction may not be wrong but here it is. That is because the conjunction is not used to answer the question but to supplement the question Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 14:21
  • I disagree. Introducing a sentence split in this way for emphasis is extremely common, and I don't think it's right to call it "grammatically wrong". "Informal", perhaps, but even in formal text I wouldn't bat an eye if someone wrote "Are you sure?/Could you clarify? Because..." Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 14:40

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