When writing this headline, did the Yahoo! Finance editors really “go bonkers”?
Did they forget that a question mark goes before a closing quotation mark only when the quoted matter is a question?
“Based on a true story?” That’s the question that yahoo.com asks:
Of course, that makes no sense, because the entire headline is actually the question. For some reason the editor made a common mistake (at least it’s common on Yahoo!) by placing the question mark before the closing quotation mark. In the U.S., a comma and period go before a closing quotation mark; a semicolon and colon go after. If you’re looking to place a question mark, put it before the closing quote only if the entire text inside the quotation marks is a question. Otherwise, it goes after the closing quote mark.
Guess where the mistake is on the home page of Yahoo! Movies.
It’s that question mark at the end of an imperative sentence.
There are four kinds of sentences: One is the declarative sentence. Do you know what an interrogative sentence is? Tell me what an imperative sentence is. That’s not an exclamatory sentence!