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Nick said:
Please use a question mark (?) when asking a question, -- othewise,
some might assume, like I did, that you are making a statement.

Thanks.
Moving a finite form of the verb "to be" to the initial position of an English sentence invariably creates a question. This is a much stronger association than a question mark (could be a typo) although it would have been better to have one. Now beginning the sentence "There are....." would have been more problematic - even if a question the meaning is slightly changed and without the question mark would invariably be read (in isolation) as a statement.
 
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