Learn English – Is it OK to add a question mark to show inflection

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When asking a question you generally have to raise your voice at the end of the sentence, is it okay to stuff a question mark in order to show inflection?

A couple examples:

  • 'That really happened?'
  • 'I'm going to miss it again?'
  • 'You did that?'
  • etc…

Best Answer

I think you are referring to cases such as:

A: I'm so coming with you later!
B: Err... No?

In informal writing such as chat, it's perfectly acceptable, and other similar "stylistic" choices are fine.

In formal writing it should be absolutely avoided, since to express the same function there are other ways to achieve the same result in a better form.