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Matti asked:

Do any punctuation or style manuals explicitly disapprove of this question mark?

Yes. The Chicago Manual of Style, probably the most widely used stylesheet in U.S. academic publishing, recommends against ... word is often italicized: The question was no longer how but when. He asked himself why.>>

Neither of these is a question, in particular the first example.

Rob Bannister
I was born in the year WW2 started and in which "Gone With the Wind" was made. It was a good year for wars and movies.

And baby girls.

Truly Donovan
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With 1945 being even better.

Charles Riggs
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The April 1947 vintage was of very fine quality.

Laura, only just 57
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I was born in the year WW2 started and in ... made. It was a good year for wars and movies.

Most film buffs agree that it was the best year ever for movies, a "sui generis" year qualitatively different from ... Cher THEME FROM SHAFT w Isaac Hayes FAMILY AFFAIR w Sly & The Family Stone BRAND NEW KEY w Melanie

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was I didn't know that, or did and forgot. The ... producing outstanding people, IMO. Maria Conlon Soon to be 61.

The April 1947 vintage was of very fine quality.

If you two are not prepared to lie about your age, could I interest you in lying about mine?

John 'n-n-n-nineteen' Dean
Oxford
The April 1947 vintage was of very fine quality.

If you two are not prepared to lie about your age, could I interest you in lying about mine?

Obaue: shouldn't that be "ages"?

Laura
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If you two are not prepared to lie about your age, could I interest you in lying about mine?

Obaue: shouldn't that be "ages"?

Hmm. I don't really think it should, no. Given that each is boasting about her own age only, using "ages" would introduce unnecessary ambiguity.
Matti
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Obaue: shouldn't that be "ages"?

Hmm. I don't really think it should, no. Given that each is boasting about her own age only, using "ages" would introduce unnecessary ambiguity.

But John's sentence could imply that we are the same age.

Laura
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