Common mistake Non-standard question mark

Non-standard question mark

Have you ever come across a question mark that looks slightly different from the standard one? It might have a curved top and a dot at the bottom. This character is known as '?' and is often mistakenly used as a question mark.

What is a non-standard question mark?

A non-standard question mark, represented by '?', is a punctuation mark that is not recognized as the standard question mark "?". While it may visually resemble a question mark, it is not commonly used or accepted in English writing.

When is the non-standard question mark used?

The non-standard question mark is primarily used in East Asian languages, such as Chinese and Japanese, where it is considered the standard question mark. However, in English writing, it is incorrect and can lead to confusion or misinterpretation.

Why is it important to use the standard question mark?

Using the standard question mark is essential for effective communication in English. The standard question mark has a distinct symbol that is universally recognized and understood. Deviating from it can confuse readers and undermine the clarity of your writing.

Examples of incorrect use

  • Are you coming to the party?
  • Where did you go last night?
  • How many siblings do you have?

How to use the standard question mark correctly

When asking a question in English writing, always use the standard question mark "?". Make sure it is placed at the end of the sentence and is followed by a space.

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Non-standard question mark mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    Is he an average person?

    Is he an average person?

  • Correct:
    Is he an average person?
  • Correct:
    Out of scope:
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