Would this have a question mark? (This is a lead sentence)

Did you ever wonder how thunderstorms are formed or what happens during a thunderstorm.

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    If it's a question, it should end with a question mark. Not having a question mark would make it a statement, but you can't make a statement that begins with "Did you ever wonder" as there's no way to end it with something factual. Jan 27, 2016 at 22:11

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Of course. "Did", when used at the start of a sentence, is an interrogative word - a word whose function is to form a question.

So, yes, you need a question mark.


This is asking whether the reader ever wondered how thunderstorms are formed or what happens during a thunderstorm, and therefore, the correct punctuation is a question mark.

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    This is a good start to an answer, but why is this a question? What makes it a question? You'd have a very solid answer if you addressed these key points :)
    – Dog Lover
    Jan 27, 2016 at 22:20
  • @Dog Lover Solid? This is an inappropriate question for ELU. Jan 28, 2016 at 1:21
  • @EdwinAshworth Maybe so, but that shouldn't mean that it can't be respected nonetheless and be given a helpful answer.
    – Dog Lover
    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:50

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