The Word “What”

Margie Wakeman Wells General, The Question Mark Leave a Comment

When someone tacks the word what onto the end of a question, it should stand alone as
its own question.

…Was it given to you as a gift? What?
…Were you there alone? with someone? What?
…Did the company have benefits? profit sharing? What?

When someone turns a “what” question around, punctuate it just as you would the
question in regular word order. This is just “bad grammar/good punctuation.”

…What was it? A Toyota?
…It was what? A Toyota?

…What was her name?
…Her name was what?

Happy punctuating!


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