|Character||¿ U+00BF, ¿|
|Name||INVERTED QUESTION MARK|
|Character||? U+003F, ?|
- Encloses a question in some languages.
The symbols are called, in English:
- Occasionally encloses a question in modern Catalan. At other times, a lone question mark is used at the end with nothing at the beginning of the question.
¿ is used at the beginning of a question, with ? at the end; however, it is not mandatory to use ¿.
- Encloses a question in Spanish. Equivalent in English and many other languages: ?.
- ¿Cómo estás? — How are you?
In written Spanish, the ¿ symbol is placed at the beginning of an interrogative phrase, with the ? at the end of the phrase.
As SMS messaging and other forms of electronic communication have become more common, many speakers only use ? for questions and ! for exclamations, leaving out the initial typographical mark. This is considered non-standard usage.