Punctuation marks are symbols that indicate the structure and organization of written language, as well as intonation and pauses to be observed when reading aloud.

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Bangs/inverted exclamation marks (¡) and queries/inverted question marks (¿) within a sentence

I have come across several Spanish sentences in various contexts where they put the opening bang (¡) or opening query (¿) in the middle of a sentence. Some examples below: Cuando tropiece, ¿me ...
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¿Se permite el triple signo de interrogación? Is “???” allowed?

Normalmente me molesta ver preguntas escritas con la siguiente puntuación frecuente en correos electrónicos: Y tú vas a ir???? Pero hoy noté que lo análogo con signos de admiración es posible: ...
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Use of em dash in Spanish

The em-dash has a wide variety of diferent uses in English. My question is how would you punctuate the following sentences in Spanish. Would the em-dash still work? If not, with what other punctuation ...
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Punctuating quoted sentences

I've found lots of information online about proper punctuation (after the quotation marks) when a dialogue tag is used. However, I cannot find any reference regarding if the quotation or dialogue line ...
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What rule governs this usage of the apostrophe in this case?

I was reading the other day and came across this passage: En mi carrera me he planteado metas que siempre he alcanzado y ahora'gozo de un éxito profesional extraordinario... I have never seen a ...
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Are leading periods really a part of written Spanish?

I keep coming across passages like this in the Spanish (original) version of Don Quixote: desfiguraban, dio una gran voz, diciendo: . ¡Jesús! ¿Qué es lo que veo? Y con el sobresalto se le cayó la ...
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Punctuation with “sino”

I'm using a "learn Spanish" app on my phone to refresh my memory and get some practice, and I have a question about what one of the lessons is teaching. It's a lesson on conjunctions, and it has ...
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Are there any studies regarding the future viability of the inverted question mark (¿)?

I guess that Internet is a very powerful catalyst in the evolution of languages. This evolution, however, not always takes place to please everybody. For example, I estimated, analyzing some of my ...
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Reemplazo de Y por E seguida de coma

¿Es correcto reemplazar y por e cuando la siguiente palabra (que comienza con i) esta dentro de una una aclaración entre comas? Ejemplo: Quise hacerlo de tal modo e, inevitablemente, fallé. ...
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Usar puntuación extra para expresar incredulidad

En inglés a veces, se usa puntuación extra para indicar confusión o ira en una frase, como en: He said what?? Are you serious?! etc. Porque se pone ciertos tipos de puntuación al principio y ...
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Rules of style for Spanish

I know that there are several sources in English to check for commonly-accepted rules of style. This is, regarding how punctuation should look in non-common cases (eg., if the period should be used or ...
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Dash and hyphen usage in Spanish

English uses at least two types of dashes (en dash and em dash) along with hyphens, and there are (fairly complex, in my opinion) rules on when and how each should be used. What types of dashes or ...
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Quotation mark usage in Spanish

In English, we have double quotation marks (") and single quotation marks ('). Spanish adds angular quotation marks (« »). What is the official rule for which type of mark should be used when in ...
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What is an expression in parentheses in the middle of a phrase called?

While I was reading the newspaper today I stumbled against something that is quite common and a bit obscure in writing in spanish. It comes from this opinion column. (The opinion and debate exposed ...
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Is it acceptable to leave out the inverted punctuation marks?

Is it acceptable to leave out inverted question marks and exclamation points (¿ ¡) from questions and exclamatory sentences? I ask this because some computers and other devices I use won't let me add ...
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Why is a comma used before a “y” in some cases?

I was taught that a comma must be used this way. One (of many other uses) is when you want to enumerate a list of items you have to use the comma and before the last element of the list the comma ...
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Are there any true nouns containing a hyphen in the Spanish language?

In this Spanish Wikipedia: about Guion ortográfico I found mentioned Separar algunas palabras compuestas. but there are no examples given. Are these foreign words or are there proper examples ...
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Proper placement of inverted question mark

What is the proper placement of the inverted question mark in sentences that are not completely questions? A common example: Hello, how are you? (¿)Hola, (¿)cómo estás? Or: That's ...
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Is there an equivalent, in Spanish, for the interrobang?

In English, we have the interrobang -- ‽ (often represented by ?! or !?) -- which can express incredulity and surprise in-text. Does Spanish have an equivalent punctuation mark? If so, would it, like ...
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Origin and usage of “¿” and “¡”

English I was wondering what the reason is that the inverted exclamation mark ¡ and the inverted question mark ¿ were introduced into the Spanish language and not into most other languages. Any ...