How question marks are used

The interrogation is a sign that serves to intone part of the written discourse . It consists of two elements: the interrogation principle with a superscript point and with an opening to the right ( ¿ ) and the end of the interrogation with subpoint and opening to the left (?) Continue reading this article from and learn how to use them question marks.

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When we use the question marks in some of our writings, both must always be used: the opening and the closing. Due to influences from other languages, it is customary lately to only use the closing one. It is a mistake in Spanish that has to be avoided.


Remember that after closing the question mark you should not use any other punctuation mark that serves as a closure such as the point. The final question mark serves to close the sentence directly.


When a sequence of consecutive interrogations appears, all related to each other by theme, it is not necessary to write them in capital letters, it is better to put commas between them and start each interrogation with a lower case.


They are used in questions started by the interrogative particles: What, when, how, where, which, who, sometimes preceded by certain prepositions.


Question marks are used when we want to ask a question directly to someone.

Ex: Excuse me, what time is it?


Question marks are used to ask certain questions for which no response is expected .

Ex: You know?


When the closing question is used in parentheses behind a writing, with it we want to express doubt, surprise or even irony .


In many tables with data, when there is one that is ignored, the closing question mark is used.


Question marks are used in books, biographies or writings in which dates of birth and death are to be placed and some information is not clear. With the interrogation we express the doubt.


In chess, the closing sign after a play indicates a bad play.

Ex: D x CR?

  • In the dictionary of doubts of the Royal Spanish Academy you can obtain all the necessary information regarding the use of the question mark.