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Deletreo, puntuación, uso de tildes, etc. // Correct spelling, punctuation, use of accent/diacritical marks, etc.

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How important are accents in written Spanish?

English I notice that native Spanish speakers often leave off accents in writing. Outside the context of edited material, it almost seems like accent pedantry is the sign of someone who has learned ...
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Origin and usage of "¿" and "¡"

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 explanations ...
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Why is the "x" in "México" or "Texas" pronounced as the letter "j"?

Even as a native speaker I don't know the reason for this: why is the "x" in México, Texas or Xavier pronounced as the letter "j"?
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Are there other words in Spanish that can't be written? (like sal-le)

Recently, I learned that there is at least one Spanish word that can be pronounced but not written. It is the imperative form of 'salirle'. It is pronounced as 'sal-le' and the written form should ...
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When is uppercase used in English but lowercase in Spanish?

There are many cases where English uses capital letters (e.g. January) but Spanish uses lowercase (e.g. enero). Grammar or orthography books have long lists of all the cases where capital letters are ...
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What is the symbol "&" called in Spanish?

The symbol & is a representation of the Latin word et (see DPD, Appendix 4). Wikipedia claims that the symbol itself is called et; however, the DRAE's entry for et doesn't list the symbol as a ...
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Revisions of Spanish orthography / ¿Qué revisiones ha tenido la ortografía española?

This is a canonical question / Esta es una pregunta canónica Recent repeals of long-standing orthographic rules in Spanish have gotten me curious. I know of the latest revision, dated 2010. I know ...
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Is the use of @ instead of 'a' or 'o' in order to refer to both masculine and feminine accepted?

I have seen several times the use of @ instead of 'a' or 'o' for referring to masculine and feminine words at the same time. For example: Hola a tod@s. Is this an accepted use?
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What is the difference between: "aquel" and "aquél"

I see both "aquel" and "aquél" used in similar context and was wondering if there is any difference in meaning of those two words.
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Why is búho written with an acute accent? [duplicate]

Is there a reason why specifically the word búho is written with an accent? Is there an orthographic rule that determines it? While I am used to accent marks above e I was quite surprised to see the u ...
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When is it written with and without accent: porqué/porque/por qué? / ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre "porque", "porqué", "por que" y "por qué"?

This is a canonical question / Esta es una pregunta canónica Can anybody explain to me when each of this variations of "porque" should be used? ¿Puede alguien explicar cuáles son las diferencias ...
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¿Por qué el español se pronuncia como se escribe?

¿Por qué el español, a diferencia de otros lenguajes como el inglés, se escribe como se pronuncia (o se pronuncia como se escribe)? En mis tiempos de estudiante, durante una clase de lengua salió ...
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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 great, isn't it? ...
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Why is "Enrique" pronunced as though it has a double "r"?

Why is "Enrique", even though its 'r' position is at the middle of a word, pronounced as a double "r"? What are the orthographic rules you need to know to determine if an "r" must be pronounced as a ...
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"Guion" vs "Guión" - Are there other words which could be written in multiple ways?

My dictionary uses guión while Wikipedia writes guion. I tried Google ngram and was nearly convinced that Wikipedia was wrong because nobody else seems to use that spelling today. I was really ...
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Was "rr" ever considered officially a letter of the Spanish alphabet?

Everybody agrees that the Spanish digraphs "ch" and "ll" used to be officially separate "letters" up to the time the RAE changed the rules of Spanish alphabetization in ...
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¿Cuál palabra es "ouo"?

Leyendo una edición antigua de Las Sergas de Esplandian, me encontré una palabra que no pude entender. Aquí lo muestro con imagen: Transcrito al alfabeto moderno, se lee: Sabed que ala diestra ...
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Do I have to use upside down question marks (¿) in an article title?

I have a short article, the title is What time is it now? Can I just write Qué hora es ahora? Or must I write this? ¿Qué hora es ahora?
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Forma correcta de "nisiquiera"

Español Al escribir siempre he tenido la duda de cuál es la manera apropiada del término o frase. ¿Cuál de estas es correcta? ni si quiera ni siquiera nisiquiera  English When writing I've always ...
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¿Cuándo quitaron los acentos de las palabras como "fué"?

He leído que hace años la RAE cambiaron las reglas para quitar las tildes de las palabras como fué, dió, etc. ¿Cuándo pasó eso? ¿Por qué hizo este cambio la RAE? ¿Cuáles fueron las palabras afectadas?
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¿Existe una regla para el uso de mayúsculas en títulos?

Cuando escribo títulos en español, lo hago normalmente usando las reglas de Oxford, pero algunas características solo se aplican al inglés. ¿Existe una guía para escribir títulos de artículos, ...
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¿Cuál es la palabra correcta, "membresía" o "membrecía"?

¿Cuál es la forma correcta de escribir la siguiente palabra: membresía o membrecía, según las normas de la Real Academia de la Lengua Española? Según el Diccionario panhispánico de dudas de la RAE (...
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What's the origin of words ending in the letter "j"?

What's the origin/etymology of these words? The only one that I know and it is common is reloj. Are there any others recognized by the RAE?
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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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How to pluralize "sexy"?

The anglicism sexy is accepted in Spanish, as you know (in the DLE it shows as adj. sexi. U. t. c. s. m.) When it's an adjective, how is its plural supposed to be built? X persona tiene ojos sexy(...
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¿Cómo se deben escribir en español las palabras que se escriben acortadas para simular el habla?

Aquí en Andalucía somos muy de comernos la mitad de las palabras, con ejemplos como "y to pa na" (y todo para nada). Sin embargo, siempre he tenido la duda de cómo reflejar esto en la expresión ...
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What is the longest word in Spanish?

What is the longest word in Spanish accepted by the Real Academia Española? What about words not officially accepted by the RAE? ¿Cuál es la palabra en español más larga aceptada por la Real Academia ...
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Is there a pair of Spanish words that only differ in a diaeresis over "u"?

As user @pablodf76 said in an answer to another question: Leaving out the accent marks seldom produces confusion, but it may pose a problem in some cases. Sí ("yes") vs. si ("if") is one notorious ...
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Why is Usted sometimes abbreviated as Vd. instead of Ud.? Is there any difference in usage between the two?

I've noticed that the word Usted can be abbreviated at least 2 ways, the most common of which being Ud. and Vd. to my knowledge. I see how Ud. makes perfect sense, but why is a V used instead of a U ...
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The letter "k" in Spanish

The letter "k" is rarely seen in Spanish. What is the origin of Spanish words containing a k? Are most recent loanwords from modern languages, influences from older languages (Latin or Greek), or of ...
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¿Es correcto llamar "acento" a una tilde?

Hice unas ediciones a una publicación modificando las referencias a los acentos para usar el término tilde. 1- Se utiliza por qué formado por dos palabras y acento tilde para preguntas. Yo asumía (...
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¿Cuándo se usa "aparte" y cuándo "a parte"?

Escribí una respuesta hace poco y Gorpik me corrigió una frase: Bromas a parte, sí tiene diferencia, aunque no mucha. Dejándola (correctamente) en: Bromas aparte, sí tiene diferencia, aunque no ...
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Historical pronunciation of letters "b" and "v"

In another question, a Wikipedia article was quoted saying: The letters ⟨b⟩ and ⟨v⟩ were originally simply known as be and ve. However, there is no longer any distinction between the sounds of ...
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Are there dialectal differences in spelling in Spanish?

In some languages, there are different spelling standards in different major dialects. For example: British English American English colour color aluminium aluminum Catalan Valencian cinqué ...
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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 in ...
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When to use 'o' and 'ó'

I've seen the conjunction o both with and without an accent mark. What are the rules for when the accent ought to be used?
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¿Dónde se pone la tilde cuando se alarga artificialmente una vocal?

En español escrito, sobre todo en contextos informales (cómics, chats... aunque también en titulares de periódicos) no es raro encontrarse a veces con una palabra en la que alguna de las vocales se ha ...
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¿Está permitido usar el símbolo de dos puntos dos veces en una frase?

A veces me ha pasado que estoy redactando un texto, y me encuentro en la tesitura de querer poner dos veces el símbolo de "dos puntos" (:) en una frase. Por poner un ejemplo (recién inventado): Y ...
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"Hierba" or "Yerba" - which is the correct spelling?

I've seen it spelled "Hierba" most of the time; occasionally spelled "Yerba".
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¿Por qué escribimos "móvil" con "v", si viene del latín "mobĭlis" y el resto de idiomas mantuvieron la "b"?

El otro día Charlie planteó El curioso caso de los planetas en el diccionario y en ella vimos fragmentos en los que se definía planeta a lo largo de los siglos y diccionarios. Definición de planeta en ...
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¿Cómo escribir varios nombres con el mismo apellido?

¿Cómo podría escribir estos nombres sin perder los nombres individuales? Melina Alvárez, Celina Alvárez, Betty Alvárez, Luis Alvárez y Héctor Barquero Se podría escribir: Melina, Celina, ...
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When does sólo have an accent? / ¿Cuándo debe llevar tilde la palabra "solo"?

When does the word solo have an accent (tilde) on the first o (sólo)? When does it not? ¿Cuándo debe llevar tilde la palabra solo?
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¿Por qué la palabra "ataúd" lleva acento?

Me confunde la ortografía de la palabra "ataúd". Las reglas ortográficas del idioma español (o sea, las reglas que sé) sugieren que no debamos poner un acento en esta palabra. Entonces, ¿por qué lo ...
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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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Validez del plural "los mapuche" sin -s final, al tratarse de una etnia

Los mapuches son la principal etnia nativa chilena, tanto en términos culturales como demográficos. A diferencia de la mayoría de los países hispanoamericanos, en Chile la proporción de habitantes ...
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How are words with "ps" or "pt" pronounced?

Here are a few examples: psicología ptosis Ptolomeo Interestingly "sicología" is also found in the RAE but most of the time I've seen it written as "psicología". How are they pronounced?...
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Why do "ci/ce" and "zi/ze" both represent the /θ/ sound ? What is the historical origin of this redundancy?

I noticed that the letter "z" in Spanish is pronunced /θ/ in all circumstances, and the letter "c" is prononounced /θ/ in front of "e", "i" and /k/ in front of other vowels. My questions are: What ...
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¿Cómo debo usar "?" al final de una pregunta citada?

Hace poco pregunté ¿Qué significa 'va' en "Nos vemos después, ¿va?" y el título me hizo pensar en esta: Cuando estoy citando una pregunta, ¿cómo debo usar el ? ...
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¿Cuál es la palabra más larga en español que no repite ninguna letra?

Ya sabemos que la más larga palabra en español aceptada por la Real Academia Española es: Electroencefalografista. Pero, ¿cuál es la palabra más larga en español aceptada por la Real Academia ...
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¿Desde cuándo tenemos las actuales reglas de acentuación?

En el DPD podemos encontrar las reglas de acentuación bajo la entrada de tilde: 1.1. Polisílabos. La acentuación gráfica de las palabras de más de una sílaba se atiene a las reglas siguientes: 1.1.1. ...
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