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I Beautiful ladies looking flirt Elizabeth. Adding a question mark sort of ruins the response especially in writing because it sets up an expectation or subtle tension of further response. What do you think? Afraid I have to disagree here. Otherwise, you're saying that someone named Who has the answer. And even when I answer in a different tone of voice, with a deflection at the end, to me it's still a question. In short, even rhetorical questions end with a question mark.

Definitely a question. I usually raise the end when saying it out loud. Plus, my Roswell New Mexico in meet free sex to the rules would never allow me to start a sentence with a who what, when, where, why and NOT put a question mark at the end! This is interesting. Doesn't "Who knows" function the same way "God knows" does? In my head, "Who knows" is a response phrase like "God knows".

Dyske Nov Speaking of the tone, let me provide another example that might be more relevant. Swingers mature Wichita would you read this sentence? Do you really read it like a question if you were to actually say it? Who knows if we would ever come across a situation where this feature is necessary.

For me it's pretty clear that "Who knows? As for your longer sentence Dyske, I wouldn't read it like a question by the time I get to the end of the sentence, my brain has forgotten that it started with a "who" so I'd say a question mark is optional in that case.

Regarding inflection, not all questions inflect upwards at the end. In "Who ate my bagel? In fact, if I followed with "You ate my bagel! Meet horny Central African Republic girls tonight the "God knows" response, in that case, God is being used as the specified subject of the sentence, implying that 'only God knows'.

Therefore, it would not be the same as "Who knows", which is in fact a question, implying 'does anyone really know'.

In other words, you don't actually have to to mean it even though you say it but it's good not to! In any case, 'Who knows? Analogising with the example of using 'God', you don't have Ladies wants nsa NY Burt 14028 mean it as a question for it to be an actual question. There is a term for this: And, yes, it is a rhetorical question. The issue is just in whether it should still be called a question.

Just as 'why me? Who do you actually know that knows?

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I say, no it doesn't. If you are the writer, then the actual response should be the actual response, or reaction, to what the character in your writing actually said, or asked. And, that character should have asked it the right way, whichever way the writer wanted it to be. And, judging by the Wife looking nsa SD Corson 57005, again, written by the writer, readers will completely understand. To all the examples given so far, I would pronounce it exactly like a question.

I think all you have to read it again. I always say it like it's a question, although I obviously know it is not.

And, I've never heard otherwise; like, I don't even know how you would not read it like a question. I think you are getting with 'Who knows? However, if I were to read 'God knows? But, still there Beautiful older ladies seeking casual encounter North Charleston two or more Warning men to read 'Who knows? And, for that, using a period instead of a question mark would definitely make a difference.

In writing, however, it should always be a question mark. Not only for grammatical correctness, but I get confused.

It would actually take me 30 seconds or so to realise that it's not someone called 'who'; I'm just conditioned that way. I think most people wouldn't take as long.

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In poetry and other arts like novel-writing, it would be acceptable arguably grammatically as Then who knows to use a period after 'who knows'. Part of the art is straying away from normal conventions. And, even in these cases, I am naturally inclined and conditioned to understand what the author means or may mean when he put a period instead of a question mark because all authors already know the rules, they are obviously doing this intentionally.

In other words, it wouldn't Beautiful women seeking nsa Bunbury me as long as about 30 seconds in those instances. English is tending toward doing away with all the Victorian Women want sex Canonsburg, and I think this includes the old rule that questions always require a question mark. If the sentence is obviously a question, then there is no need--the mark is in fact redundant.

It is only when there is possible ambiguity "You are happy," vs "You are happy? That we are breaking with unnecessary rules is cause for happiness, not sadness. Rules that achieve nothing except make pedants happy and allow people to consider themselves superior to others "educated" are best abandoned.

The purpose of language is to communicate. Therefore, clarity is the only valid reason for having a rule. I will admit that social convention dictates most of the rules I follow, since I am aware of the prejudices about this subject, but I think they are diminishing. Steve1 Nov Warsaw Will Naughty wife wants nsa South Boston I had the same argument as Frank.

Frank beat me to it. I would like to add that you can't put a period at the end of "Who knows" either. Not really, anyway. I think it needs zero punctuation. It is very plain to see that it is really a response to the question asked before. A simple response. Not a question.

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Not a rhetorical question. Not a statement. Not a sentence in full at all.

There will be now words said after the response. No confusion will be had. It's understood as what it is.

How would you punctuate the phrase in prose? Some type of punctuation is necessary if the phrase appears in continuous text. I wholeheartedly and fundamentally disagree with you. There is zero reason to do Grannies in wenatchee looking for sex. It's understood. As for doing away with rules because English is evolving and a question mark is redundant There are reasons for rules, and not just so people can break them. I agree with the writer, that it should end with a period.