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I am usually pretty confident when it comes to grammar, but I just wrote the following sentence in another thread:

Do you really mean to suggest that drugs made Sacha more creative and more productive with her creativity, because that has not been my experience at all.

Should this sentence end in a question mark or a period?

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#1 - March 02, 2013, 09:21 AM

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I think a period is in order. The only reason you might wonder is that this is what might be called a non-standard construction. The standard version would look something like this:

Do you really mean to suggest that drugs made Sacha more creative and more productive with her creativity? I ask because that has not been my experience at all.
#2 - March 02, 2013, 09:35 AM

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Agreed.
#3 - March 02, 2013, 12:06 PM
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Thanks. I see now that combining the two thoughts in one sentence just makes it awkward. Extra eyes are so helpful.

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#4 - March 02, 2013, 06:24 PM

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An easy--and fun!--reference book for grammar questions is Painless Grammar by Rebecca Elliott.  Good examples, easy-to-read, and humorous too.
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