What does adding or removing the question mark in sentences ending with ね change about the meaning, if anything?





  • In terms of written texts, ? would only disambiguate - without it, the sentences may or may not be questions. Are you asking the difference by falling/rising tone?
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    Commented Dec 4, 2021 at 8:57
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If you inflect your voice, you are generally seeking support/approval or outright asking a question in a casual way.

A response to seeking support would not be inflected.

A: 暑いですね?
B: ですね。

*note: the response would usually drop all the understood parts of the sentence.

*note: this is scratching the surface of the nuances of ね.


The question mark signifies that you are asking the opinion of a person on something you accept as fact While only ね makes the sentence a statement you are saying that you think is a fact 暑いですね means 'It sure is hot,' 暑いですね? means 'It sure is hot, isn't it?'

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