Upside down question mark in Spanish

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What is the upside down question mark in Spanish?

When you write a question in Spanish you need to put the inverted question mark symbol ¿ at the beginning of the question to show where it starts, as well as the normal ? symbol at the end of the question to show where it finishes.

¿Dónde vives? (Where do you live?)
¿Cuántos años tienes? (How old are you?)

You don’t put the question mark right at the beginning of the sentence if it is not a part of the question. Just at the beginning of the question itself.

Hola, ¿cómo estás?
Estoy cansado, ¿y tú?
No encuentro mis zapatos. ¿Dónde están?

Notice how the first letter of the question is not a capital letter as in English unless it is separate from the rest of a sentence.


How do you say question mark in Spanish?

Signo de interrogación


How can you create an upside down question mark on a normal keyboard?

On a Windows computer hold down the ALT button and type in the number 0191
On a Mac computer hold down the Shift button, the Option button and the ? (question mark) button.

Windows: ALT + 0191
Mac: Shift + Option + ?

Check out our post on how to make other special symbols on an English keyboard