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question mark

An unknown or uncertainty. The question mark is the grammatical symbol used to punctuate interrogative sentences (i.e. questions). I don't know why the experiment turned out this way—it's a real question mark right now. Injuries have left the team with a big question mark at the position of quarterback.
See also: mark, question

a question mark

COMMON
1. If there is a question mark over something, people do not know if it will continue to exist or what it will be like. There is a question mark over the future of old people's care as a result of the government cuts. Note: You can also say that there is a question mark hanging over something. There is a question mark hanging over the England manager's job. Note: Question mark is used in many other structures with a similar meaning. There's going to be a question mark about future US aid.
2. If there is a question mark over something, people are not sure if its quality is good. There is a question mark over the vehicle's long-term reliability. Note: You can also say that there is a question mark hanging over something. I am very pleased they have been acquitted. However it leaves a big question mark hanging over the original trial. Note: Question mark is used in many other structures with a similar meaning. There will be a question mark on his record that might stop him being promoted in the future.
See also: mark, question
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Working with welders who built boats on the river, Alec also recruited a group of unemployed and retired Inverclyde folk to create a series of question marks - an important motif in George's work.
It's a question mark about the future and the fact that change brings uncertainty.
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He further said that there were "more question marks over England than there are over Australia.
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But the big question mark hanging over them is their forwards.
With that kind of money on the line and the massive losses the city is suffering from its white elephant Convention Center, it's no wonder the hotel is a big question mark that needs a lot of public scrutiny and debate before it gets the green light.
Contractual talks are ongoing but that does not place a question mark over Rio's loyalty, his commitment or desire
This is a valuable new analysis that puts a big question mark over what was thought to be the best evidence for ancient fire use," remarks anthropologist Christopher B.
Pietersen is still a big question mark at the moment, Alastair Cook is only just holding on to his spot by the skin of his teeth, [Paul] Collingwood's probably not had the best Test summer of his life either," he said.
This step had raised a question mark on the status of parliament, they added.
Stewart was the biggest question mark academically for the Trojans but will return for his junior season.
Maria Fernanda Cardoso's arresting sculpture, Tusas de maiz (Corn cobs, 1986), a long coiled-up rope or necklace of stripped and strung corn cobs, combines the simplicity of Minimalist sculpture with the atmospheric suggestiveness of a question mark.
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