“True eloquence, indeed, does not consist in speech. It cannot be brought from far. Labor and learning may toil for it, but they will toil in vain. Words and phrases may be marshalled in every way, but they cannot compass it. It must exist in the man, in the subject, and in the occasion.”—Daniel Webster
The poor abused question mark (?) finds itself in the most mysterious of places.
Consider this sentence: Guess how many jellybeans I had for breakfast. So many people plop a question mark on the end. They’re wrong. That’s an imperative form (a command or directive), not an interrogative (question). You are telling your audience to do something; therefore, it takes a period.
It could be put in interrogative form, certainly: Can you guess how many jellybeans I had for breakfast? The answer, of course, is: Given that I couldn’t care less, no.
After all these years you finally have the courage and opportunity to write the email announcing that you and you alone have single handedly saved the company from utter disaster. You’re excited, you type it, you spell check it, and you hit send.
Everything is great except that your gold star memo has dangling modifiers, double negatives and run-on sentences colliding with each other.
Now I am no grammar whiz but I know a good resource when I see it. Purdue University maintains an online writing lab and I spent some time digging through it. Originally the goal was to grab some good tips that would help me out at work and on this site, but there is simply too much not to share.