2. To study or to analyze: The lab technician was determined to question every aspect of the experiment before writing her report.
3. Opportunity for a doubt or an objection: There is no question that he is a fine doctor and surgeon.
4. The act or instance of asking for information: In the morning, Tony will pose a question to his daughter about the film she went to see.
2. A chivalrous undertaking typically involving an adventurous trip or journey often associated with medieval literature: The knight went on a quest to find the beautiful girl of his dreams.
2. An appeal or request for information: Stanley will make an inquiry at the library information desk about the film he wants to borrow.
In its quest to understand the difficult issues facing the hospital, the board members demanded an inquiry be undertaken to answer the question: "What happened to the significant donations received last year?"
This was the query of Ms. Jones who wished to make a donation but wanted an accounting of all previous gifts and donations.
2. A doubt or uncertainty about someone or something: There was some question about whether Jane actually accomplished all of the things that she listed during her presentation.
3. A matter that is the subject of discussion, debate, or negotiation: At the end of his lecture, Professor Younge answered questions from his students.
4. A problem to be discussed or solved in an examination: The lawyer, Mr. Evans, presented several questions to the witness in court about her claims of being abused by her husband.
-From an anonymous contributer.
Such a rhetorical question suggests that the speaker is about to offer his listeners a plan that will enable them to avoid this disastrous condition.
This punctuation mark is well known and like the period, it means that a thought has been completely expressed, but it also tells the reader that the writer has not expressed the sentence or thought as an assertion but is asking something.
"Jim fell down." "Jim fell down?" The first sentence means one thing; the second means something quite different.
Since the initial capital letters and the three-worded thoughts are exactly the same in both sentences, the differences in meanings are communicated only by the different punctuation marks at the ends of the two sentences and these differences can be communicated in no other way known to writing and printing.
Why is a question mark?
What can it be?
Already you've two of them. How about three?
It looks like an acrobat perched on a ball
Who has to be nimble or else he will fall.
His legs come down straight,
But his back is a curve,
And keeping his balance
Or is it like smoke that comes lazily curling
From a blaze underneath in a ball that is twirling?
Or a hook used for hanging?
Or maybe a genie
Coming out of a bottle?
(The bottle is teeny.)
Whatever it looks like (have you a suggestion?),
The question mark raises (and lowers) a question.
No reason to scorn it or ever to doubt it.
This mark's made its mark.
Any question about it?