Help settle an argument, question mark placement

So, I posted a picture in a group chat and one of the members of the chat questioned the placement of the question mark (attached for reference).

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Where’s your plane, peasants? (original)


Where’s your plane? Peasants. (what he thinks it should be)

To my knowledge, the second would be grammatically incorrect purely for the fact that it contains a single word sentence, is this correct?


Both are grammatical, but they come across differently. I’ll illustrate by setting the sentences if they came from the script for a (poorly written) play.

CARPENTER: Welcome to today’s lessons on carpentry. Please bring your tools with you, and state your name and title as you enter.

ROBIN enters, carrying a bag of tools.

ROBIN: Robin of Loxley, bow-making, if you please.

APPRENTICE: This way, sir.

GEORGE and VAISEY enter, empty-handed.

GEORGE: We’re just peasants, but we’d like to learn to make targets. Um, could we perchance borrow a plane?

APPRENTICE: Where’s your plane, peasants?

GEORGE: We’re sorry, sir, but we don’t have any.

APPRENTICE: Very well, you may borrow this axe head and do what you can with it. Be sure to bring it back.

JOHN enters, also empty-handed.

JOHN: My name is John, and I’ll be a prince one day. Show me to …

APPRENTICE (under his breath): Not you again.

APPRENTICE (to JOHN): Where’s your plane?

APPRENTICE (under his breath): Peasants.

JOHN: storms out

Curtains close.

Source : Link , Question Author : jenovachild , Answer Author : Lawrence

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