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What is the difference between exactly the same and the same?

I want them to have different meanings because two cakes are the same if both are chocolate cake and two cakes are exactly the same if not only both are chocolate cake but also the frostings are the ...
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Can you connect two questions with a comma?

I find myself doing this sometimes. Part of me questions whether it looks totally correct. Would that be ok, what type of ticket do I need? Should it be the crazy looking version I found on line: ...
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What's the meaning of "has not" in a questiontional statement?

Sirius’s letter was almost as short as the previous one. Be at stile at end of road out of Hogsmeade (past Dervish and Banges) at two o’clock on Saturday afternoon. Bring as much food as you can. “He ...
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This question ended with ?"? and I think it is a punctuation error, if it is incorrect is there a way to avoid using ?"?

This question ended with ?"? and I think it is a punctuation error, if it is incorrect is there a way to avoid using ?"?? As a psychiatrist what will you do when a patient asks a question ...
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Is "?:" still not a valid punctuation or has it come into use? What is the best replacement for this when the question is too long?

Is "?:" still not a valid punctuation, or has it come into use? https://english.stackexchange.com/a/90994/443467 is when the question is short. What is the best replacement for this when the ...
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Ending "let me know xxx" with a question mark or period?

I am writing an email. The last line of the email is as follows: Let me know when can I come for the same? I am asking a question but at the same time I am starting the sentence with let me know. In ...
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Is it "What the Government should do" or "What should the Government do"? [closed]

Is it "What the Government should do" or "What should the Government do"? If you want context, I am using this sentence as a title for a slide in a presentation. Should I even use ...
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Why is question mark put immediately after the last letter [closed]

I have noticed that the sentence: "Where did you go?" is marked grammatically incorrect my some websites and there should not be a space between the 'go' and '?' I have two questions Is ...
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'Do you want to see it!' - Which type of sentence is this? Why exclamation mark at the end of a question?

I am a beginner, but my knowledge says that Do and Does come at the beginning of a question. Simply put, to my mind, the sentence should be Do you want to see it? rather than Do you want to see it! Am ...
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If "I wonder" is separated by a comma, should the sentence end in a question mark instead of a full stop?

Is this sentence correct? I wonder, is it time for breakfast? "I wonder" sentences end with full stop, but what if it is separated by comma as in above sentence? Would it still be wrong to put ...
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Are you student of English literature? Are you a student of English literature OR Are you student in English literature?

Hey one question: Which of the questions are right: Are you student of English literature? Are you a student of English literature? Are you student in English literature?
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Is it ever OK to use a question mark after a period?

I know you can abbreviate the United States as U.S., US, or USA. If you elect to use U.S., can you use a question mark after this version? For example: Do you like to travel to the U.S.?
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Question marks and quotations

According to GrammarBook.com, "the placement of question marks with quotation marks follows logic. If a question is within the quoted material, a question mark should be placed inside the quotation ...
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1.You may ask: "What does it mean?" , 2."What does it mean?" you may ask. Which one is correct?

1.You may ask: "What does it mean?" 2."What does it mean?" you may ask. ● Which one is correct? ● Is the usage of the "s correct? ● What's the difference between them, if any? ● What about ...
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British Punctuation versus American Punctuation

I've learned that American English use double quotation marks and place periods inside quotation marks while British English use single quotation marks and place periods outside quotation marks. ...
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Punctuation order [duplicate]

Where do you place punctuation when quoting a question? Also in general. I’m not sure whether to place the quotation mark before or after the punctuation mark. -“How can a young man cleanse his ways”?...
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Writing style when a question mark, apostrophe mark, and a comma come together

I'm writing a sentence - If you have a question on 'How to make french fries?', here is the answer. MS Word shows an error because of those three tiny creatures - a question mark, a closing ...
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Do periods and question marks come inside the quotation mark, or outside?

I am very well aware of punctuation usage difference between American and British usage, but this part confuses me a little. Example: A. Why did he ask, "Who are you?" B. Why did he ask, "Who ...
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What is the symbol for an "Answer", if so why we're not using that?

I know the symbol of question is '?', we use that to ask a question verbally. But when giving the answer is there any symbol to denote that and if so why we are not using any symbol to mention the ...
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Is "Hello." a sentence?

I've seen this at many places, that people who know very good English (even native speakers of English) write "Hello" followed by a full stop. My confusion is that the use of the full stop indicates ...
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Did you know...? Where does the question mark go?

Where does the question mark go in 'Did you know...'? I am trying to punctuate: Did you know... 1% of the population xxxxx 7% of the population xxxxx 16% of employers xxxxx etc. etc. showing a long ...
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Can I append question marks to affirmative sentence to confirm/ask something

Consider the sentences: It is raining there? You're gay? You will be able to finish this by monday? First sentence means: I think it is raining there and I am confirming it. Second means: I am ...
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When can we omit "does" in the question sentence

I am learning Duolingo English course, I saw a sentence like this: Who uses the wheels? But should we use something below? Who does use the wheels? What's difference between two? When can I ...
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Why do my "How to" questions often get renamed to "How do I"?

On another site, an edit that fixes a mistype in "How to" got community approval. What is the rule about "How to" and "How do I"? Why are some tutorials called "How ...
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Colon/question mark conflict in a question containing a description

Which punctuation mark to use in a sentence that contains a description (needs colon) and a question (needs question mark)? Example: How would you act in a situation like this one: you are trapped ...
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How to use "to be" at the end of a sentence

I have some confusion about this; for example: Where is the bank? I don't know where the bank is. I don't know how to be is used at the end of sentences.
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Is the question mark needed at the end of indirect questions?

When I asked an earlier question I wasn't sure whether to put a question mark at the end of the following sentence, which is, obviously, a question, even if it is not written in interrogative form: ...
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Does the question mark mean this is a question?

Imagine the following written conversation, as recently occurred via SMS between me and a friend (edited for brevity): A: What are you going to do today? B: I don't know. Go shopping? What is the ...
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