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Reply Tue 7 Jul, 2009 05:32 am
One Sunday night, my family went shopping, leaving me alone. “Hey! Aren’t they inconsiderate?/inconsiderate! They didn’t even wake me up to tell me that they were going out,” I exclaimed. Then I turned on the lights and did my English homework, which I had to hand in to the teacher the following day.

Should I use a question mark or an exclamation mark next to 'inconsiderate'? I think an exclamation mark could be used because it emphasises 'inconsiderate'. However, I wonder if a question mark is obligatory.

Many thanks.
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Reply Tue 7 Jul, 2009 06:21 am
Although you're technically asking a question ("Are not they inconsiderate?"), it appears to be more of a declarative statement, so an exclamation mark is not only appropriate, it's preferred in my book.
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