I have read and seen many Spanish exclamatory and interrogative sentences on the internet.

But all of them were exclusively exclamatory, or exclusively interrogative.

I have never seen a sentence to be both interrogative and exclamatory.

For example, we have:

¿De verdad estás bromeando?

¡Oh Dios mío!

Now, do we have this kind of sentence too? :

¡¿De verdad estás bromeando?!

  • There's even a punctuation mark that does this, the interrobang: "⸘De verdad estás bromeando‽"
    – Ben
    Nov 9, 2020 at 5:17

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Yes, they can!
Both signs can be combined, even mixed without being paired-up.

— ¿¡Sabiás que la RAE dice que los signos de interrogación y exclamación se admiten en distintas combinaciones en el idioma español!?

— ¡Por qué será que no explotamos esas posibilidades expresivas?

Check this other question which addressed the same topic in this site Is a mixture of exclamation mark and question mark accepted practice, or was it a typo?

  • Thank you for your answer. But how about the order? You wrote the exclamation mark first "!?". But shouldn't the question mark come first? "?!" Nov 8, 2020 at 18:08
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    Either order is acceptable. I quote them: b) Cuando el sentido de una oración es interrogativo y exclamativo a la vez, pueden combinarse ambos signos, abriendo con el de exclamación y cerrando con el de interrogación, o viceversa: ¡Cómo te has atrevido? / ¿Cómo te has atrevido!; o, preferiblemente, abriendo y cerrando con los dos signos a la vez: ¿¡Qué estás diciendo!? / ¡¿Qué estás diciendo?!
    – ipp
    Nov 8, 2020 at 18:47

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