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

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What are the official names of the letters “b” and “v”?

The letters b and v have several possible names in Spanish. Is there an official, language academy-sponsored name for these letters? If not, what are the most common and standard names?
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Why is the “X” in 'México' or 'Texas' pronunced as the letter “J”? / ¿Por qué la “X” de palabras como “México” o “Texas” se pronuncian como “J”?

English Even as a native speaker I don't know the reason of this: Why is the "X" in 'México', 'Texas' or 'Xavier' pronunced as the letter "J"? Español Aunque el español es mi primera lengua, no sé ...
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Proper spelling of “beisbol”

I had the privilege of attending the 2011 Panamerican Games last month, and went to the brand new baseball stadium in Lagos de Moreno. The stadium said in big letters: Estadio de Beisbol My ...
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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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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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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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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 ...