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I was surpised to hear from a Japanese coworker that using a question mark "?" (gimonfu) after the か particle is correct Japanese.

Which of these are NG?

  1. 何時に会いましょうか
  2. 何時に会いましょうか?
  3. 何時に会いましょう?

In what context is each acceptable/appropriate?

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Do you mean that all 3 sentences are spoken alike but only written differently, in which in #3 does the "?" imply the "か" sound? –  hippietrail Jun 18 '11 at 2:19
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It is not particularly correct. It is just that people colloquially do that. –  user458 Oct 3 '11 at 8:00

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All 3 are correct.

  1. could appear in old and/or formal Japanese, where the question mark is often absent. Note that you would still need a punctuation then, probably a full stop: 「。」

  2. and 3. will both appear anywhere and depend only on the level of formality of the conversation. Omitting the particle would make your question slightly more familiar (or, in some case, slightly more masculine-sounding).

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I have often wondered this myself! Thank you! –  silvermaple Dec 8 '11 at 18:24

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