Do I need to put a capital letter after the ¡ symbol? e.g. are these sentences wrong or right:
- Vale, ¡hasta pronto!
- Tengo ganas de verte, ¡hace tanto calor aquí ahora mismo!
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Short story: exclamation marks may put emphasis in a given part of the sentence or the whole sentence. Just try to imagine the sentence without exclamation marks:
Vale, hasta pronto.
This is a perfectly valid sentence, so the next step would be to make emphasis in a given region:
Vale, ¡hasta pronto!
¡Vale, hasta pronto!
The introduction of the exclamation marks does not affect the capitalization, unless you divide the sentence:
¡Vale! ¡Hasta pronto!
In this case you have two separated sentences and hence you need to start the second one with a capital letter, the same as you do in English:
All right! See you soon!