Issue 126, page 3
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Guess what guest-mudgeon Bruce Yanoshek is bothered by.
Oooh, that one gets our goat[s], too! However, one's voice doesn't necessarily rise at the end of a question. "Where were you last night?" sounds quite unnatural with a rising tone at the end. However, "Guess what" is indeed a command.
The other side of the coin is an error that occurs with "would", as in "Would you hand me that pencil?" A question is being asked here, and a question mark is proper, though many people use only a period, even in business letters and other formal writing!
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