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Old 03-05-2012, 11:41 PM
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Grammar Zombie, I need your help. Is it acceptable to end an interrogative sentence with a period. I don't personally do it, but this practice seems pervasive in business email.

Can you send me the Schedule P data.
Are you doing a full analysis this quarter.
Where are we going for lunch.
Did you get the memo about the TPS report cover letter.
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I've noticed the same thing happening with imperative statements, followed by an interrogation point.

Let me know if you have any questions?
Update the Triangles?
Send me the 3rd quarter data?

What gives.
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There are complex questions I sometimes use that seem weird if ending with a question.
Can't think of a specific example.

Probably something like

Do you think it's necessary to output the data in a format that, when normally used, isn't really that convincing.
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Personal opinion: you sound douch-ey and/or incompetent if you do either of these things.

Other favorites of mine include writing an entire email in the subject line and writing "u" and "thx" in what's supposed to be formal communication.
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I'm Ron Burgundy?

If it was acceptable to do it then that line wouldn't be funny.
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surely the worst grammatical offenses consist of those notorious statements that are posed as questions? 'with a question mark on the end? y'know? and some U.S. americans out there in our nation right now, don't have maps, so that we can build up a future for our children. i swear people are becoming more and more dumber with the English language.
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Commas,

They all should've ended with commas,

No if's, and's, or but's,

What do y'all think,,
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A period ending an interrogative statement is indicative that the explicit question has an implied answer that has already been given.

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Grammar Zombie, I need your help. Is it acceptable to end an interrogative sentence with a period. I don't personally do it, but this practice seems pervasive in business email.

Can you send me the Schedule P data. <== Your answer is "yes".
Are you doing a full analysis this quarter. <== Your answer is "yes".
Where are we going for lunch. <== Your answer is "yes, we're going to your favorite restaurant".
Did you get the memo about the TPS report cover letter. <== Your answer is "yes".
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