As with other end-of-sentence marks like the full stop and exclamation mark, the question mark (sometimes called an interrogation point or a query) is used to finish a statement – but only to end a question (technically called an interrogative sentence). It should only be used for direct questions:

But do not use a question mark for indirect questions:

Note: there should be no space left before any punctuation mark except for the en-dash and ellipsis (and then only in some cases). Confusion arises because the French sometimes place a space before exclamation and question marks.

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