How To Use Question Mark In Spanish?
The sign of question mark is used at the closing of a sentence to show the interrogative tone. In English, it is written as “?”. This sign indicates that a question is asked. In English Grammar, we have learned the use of this sign but in Spanish, its use is somehow different.
There are two elements of the question mark, one is same as used in English which we apply at the closing of the sentence and the second one is flipped over question mark used at the start of a sentence. In this article, we will discuss the use of question mark and the flipped over question mark in Spanish, so read the article till the end.
Opening Of Question
It is must that you write the question marks in the opening and closing of the sentence in Spanish. This is the common mistake we do when writing in Spanish because in routine we are influenced by other languages. But here we will use the flipped over question mark.
- ¿ Cuál es Su Nombre?
Closing Of Question
Just like English, we will write question marks at the closing of a question and it is necessary to remember that no other should be used after this. We can’t use a comma or full stop after it.
Sequence Of Questions
When the interrogations are asked in succession, it is not mandatory to use a capital letter. In Spanish, simply write those with small letters and it is better to use a comma in between them.
Those words which are exerted to head questions, like when, what, how etc, are also known as question words.
In Spanish these are:
- Qué what
- Cuándo when
- Cómo how
- Cómo who
Asking Direct Question
When we want to directly ask a question to someone, we use a question mark.
- Perdone, ¿qué hora es?
Question With No Reply
This sign is also used to set out questions where no reply is needed.
To Express Doubt
With this mark, we express doubt, surprise or irony about a text when we got any message.
In books biographies, when we write dates of birth and death but sometimes specific data segments are unclear. At those places, the question mark is exerted to express doubt.
While playing chess, the closing question after making a move shows a bad move.
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