answersLogoWhite

0


Best Answer
Copy

Spanish is different than English. The syntax of a sentence does not always tell you immediately

whether the sentence is a statement or a question, so using the inverted question mark

at the beginning warns you that a question is on the way and makes everybody's life easier.


Compare the following sentences and their Spanish versions.


There is a lemon tree in her backyard.

Is there a lemon tree in her backyard?


In English, the verb goes to the beginning in the question, so a question mark at the end is enough.


To Spanish now:


En el patio de su casa hay un limonero.


In Spanish the words stay where they are when asking the question, so that is why the Real Academia de la Lengua Española (the country's official institution in language matters) determined that two question marks were needed.


¿En el patio de su casa hay un limonero?

The same applies to exclamation marks. The inverted one at the beginning of the sentence lets you know that the speaker is expressing some kind of emotion whether surprise, anger, bewilderment or whatever.


Hope this helps!

User Avatar

Wiki User

โˆ™ 2007-06-16 00:04:20
This answer is:
๐Ÿ™
0
๐Ÿคจ
0
๐Ÿ˜ฎ
0
๐Ÿ˜‚
0
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +5 pts
Q: Why does the spanish language use upside down exclamation points and question marks?
Write your answer...
Submit

Related Questions

When are exclamation points combined with other exclamation points question marks periods or commas?

interrobang


When using an exclamation mark in a question do you end the sentence with the exclamation mark first or the question mark first?

Your question actually points the way to the answer. If the sentence is a question, it should end with a question mark. When you include an exclamation within a question, you also include the exclamation point within the full stop of the sentence.


Where are all the verses in the Bible with exclamation points?

Maybe a better question would be whether Aramaic, Hebrew, or Greek use the exclamation point, since exclamation points--if there are any--would be a function of the English translations.


What do you call periods exclamation points and question marks?

punctuation learn grammer


What do you call periods exclamation points and question marks in grammar?

They are called punctuation marks.


What are exclamation points on video in window movie maker?

Exclamation points are when the software (windows movie maker) cannot find the file that you are looking for.


Are question marks and explanation points counted as sentences?

No. They end a sentence. such as: What is your favorite color? < this is one sentence with the question mark taking the place of a period because the sentence is a question. or: I like to run! < this is one sentence with an exclamation point taking the place of a period because the sentence shows exclamation.


How many exclamation points are in the NIV Bible?

313


How do you end a statement?

A statement is a declarative sentence, and it ends with a period. Other kinds of sentences are questions, which end with question marks, and exclamations, which end with exclamation points.


How many exclamation points are in the King James Version bible?

1492


What are the two categories of sentences that may end with an exclamation point?

Two categories of sentences that may end with exclamation points are interjections and exclamations. An exclamation mark indicates strong feelings or loud voice.


Which is the only town to end with a exclamation mark?

I know that Westward Ho! in Devon, England has an exclamation point in its name (what a worthless bit of knowledge) but when I looked in Wikipedia for how the town got its name, there is also mention of a town in Canada, Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, which has two exclamation points in its name. More to the point, both town names end in an exclamation point. Better change the question.


Is the use of question mark and an explanation point proper punctuation?

Not if you have a formal paper. your tone and style should be used to properly emphasize facts. Question marks are used when asking a question and exclamation points are used for common or unstructured literary texts.


When should you use an exclamation point in a sentence?

Use an exclamation point when the sentence has a lot of emotion. Look out! Use the punctuation properly! Your teacher is right behind you! Most sentences with exclamation points are short an exciting.


What punctuation mark is used frequently in you heard a Fly buzz when you died?

Exclamation points


You should avoid the overuse of exclamation points because you'll appear to be?

A person should avoid the overuse of exclamation point because shouting at the reader. This is taught in English.


What is a sentence with the word reformation?

bannas rule! Removing the additional exclamation points from the first answer on this question resulted in the reformation of the answer box. Fast-motion photography is a great way to watch the reformation of a chrysalis.


What are punctuation characters?

These are characters which are neither letters nor numbers, but are used in sentences to provide structure and make text more readable. These include periods (.), Commas (,), Question marks (?), and exclamation points (!).


What is needed when a written complete thought or idea ends?

A complete thought is called a sentence. The following punctuation marks end different kinds of sentences: (1) period if the sentence is a statement or a command; these are called declarative and imperative sentences, respectively; (2) question mark if the sentence is a question; this is called an interrogatory sentence; and (3) exclamation point if the sentence is an exclamatorysentence. Note that exclamation points are not too precise, and writers can choose to use them with any sentence they want to make loud or forceful. If the loud or forceful sentence is also a question, the exclamation point is followed by a question mark.


What mark of punctuation is most closely associated with interjections A period B comma C exclamation point D quotation marks?

I'd say, c) Exclamation Points


What does the exclamation points in a reply to ping request indicate?

The "!" (Exclamation mark) indicates that the ping completed successfully and verifies Layer 3 connectivity, the number of successful echo requests


Is gibberish a language?

Gibberish - otherwise called 'nonsense'By meaning, "gibberish" is a collection of letters, words, combinations of letter-sounds, or excessive punctuations used in writing, that make no sense within a particular language. They may be few, such as "xtb", or extensive (many used at once).Based on this meaning, "gibberish" could be created using any language. For example, if I was a Spanish-speaking person, I could create a "gibberish" phrase or sentence using letters, words, and excessive punctuations. As an English-speaking person, I could write a nonsense sentence such as: "Battery bake star hop up universe. Whether in English, Russian, Polish, German, Spanish, French, etc., gibberish is nonsense-- e.g. - it makes no sense.As for punctuation, there are rules in language for where to use a comma, exclamation point, question mark, period, etc. As a way to add expression, intensity, or as emphasis, some people use 5 or 10 question marks when just one is all that is required. Some people use multiple exclamation points, either one after another or with each separated by a single space, to indicate emphasis or to be emphatic! But, readers are distracted by 9 or 22 exclamation points after a statement or sentence. Also, and more importantly, a statement (sentence) has the same meaning whether a writer uses the standard "one" exclamation point -- or if the writer uses 6, 7, 8, or 9. "What a bad doggy!" only has ONE meaning: The dog did something bad. Adding more exclamation points doesn't make the dog be any more misbehaving than what "bad" implies.So, in essence, gibberish is a NON-language because it impedes and hinders communication and understanding between the writer and the reader. For this reason, teachers, professors, schools, colleges, employers, and reputable websites want writers to use all the rules that govern the written word. On WikiAnswers and on Answers dot com, we ask that in the Answers section for writers to use standard words, complete words, no texting language (ex: U for you), and to use proper punctuation. Some answers require a language other than English, like, How do you say bus stop in Spanish... but the answer must still follow the proper written form used in the Spanish language.Note: The only place on Wiki Answers and Answers dot com that punctuation is not required is in the Question box. In fact, the software often rejects questions that include punctuation.


What punctuation is used frequently in 'I heard a Fly buzz-when I died?

Exclamation points


Do you have a full stop after a piece of punctuation?

It depends on the type of punctuation and whether it's at the end of a sentence. A full stop isn't required after question marks or exclamation points as they already contain a full stop.


What term did Vanna have trouble saying when recording a Wheel of Fortune on-air promotion?

Exclamation Points