How Do You Punctuate Question and Exclamation Marks?

Last updated Jan 22, 2024
By Gwenydd Jones

It might seem like a trick question. Question and exclamation marks are punctuation, so what punctuation do you need with them? Well, we all know they go at the end of a question or exclamation, but what comes next? What if the question mark or exclamation mark is part of a quotation? Would you know what to do then?  

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Question and Exclamation Mark Punctuation Quiz

Do you know what punctuation to put after a question or exclamation mark? Can you cope with question and exclamation marks in quotations? Test yourself with our quiz and see if you’re a true punctuation professional!

1. Is the following sentence correctly punctuated? 

He sauntered up to the counter and asked, ‘Fancy meeting somewhere later?’.

2. Is the following statement true or false? 

It’s incorrect to use a question mark or exclamation mark inside parentheses.

3. Is the following sentence correctly punctuated and should her have a capital letter?

‘It’s far too late for that now!’ her mother screeched.

4. What’s an exclamation point and a question mark used together called? Is it correct?

Scroll down for the answers..


1. No, a full stop isn’t necessary after a question or exclamation mark.

2. False.

3. Yes, no commas or capital letters are needed when the exclamation mark is mid-sentence.

4. It’s called an interrobang and it’s non-standard punctuation.

The lowdown on question marks and exclamation points. Test yourself on these important punctuation marks! Do our quiz and see how you score! Share on X

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Written by Gwenydd Jones

Gwenydd Jones is a Spanish- and French-to-English translator, an SEO blogger and a course creator. She is the founder of The Translator's Studio and the lead teacher on its courses. Connect with Gwenydd on LinkedIn or contact her through this website.

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