Put the Interrog Where the Question Is First Asked

Margie Wakeman Wells The Question Mark, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

First, when the situation is that the attorney has asked a question, using question word order and then does not just keep quiet and get his answer but goes on to clarify, restate, et cetera, we have a problem. How do we handle “multiple” questions within the same question?
I would propose that we adopt a rule that uses this as a standard: Put the question where the question is first asked, and let the rest of the sentence stand as its own thought. This makes the handling of the situation consistent from question to question and transcript to transcript.
…Where were you at the time? At home?
…Was he helpful to you? Do you recall?
…What about John? Was he there?
Happy punctuating!

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