Colon

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Is the colon used differently in spanish?
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updated OCT 9, 2008
posted by gemaroules

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Natasha said:

What about the semicolon (wink, is it ever used in Spanish?

I'm not sure about Spanish, but in Greek, the semicolon is used as a questionmark. : )

updated OCT 9, 2008
posted by gemaroules
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What about the semicolon (wink, is it ever used in Spanish'

updated OCT 9, 2008
posted by Natasha
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They are used practically the same, except for the fact that in Spanish is used when you write a letter, email, post,... instead of a comma, as Quentin mentioned.

updated OCT 9, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Cut this from web site online.

The colon
The colon is used in Spanish in much the same way as in English. There is an important instance where conventions in Spanish differ from those of British English. When starting a letter with the equivalent of Dear Mr Smith, a colon must be used:

Estimado Sr Smith:
Estimada Sra González:
Querida Marta:

(In American English, of course a colon is used in exactly the same way as in Spanish.)

I had read this before about the difference between the use of the colon in addressing letters in English and Spanish, but couldn't see the difference. After reading this I now understand that the difference is between British English and Spanish; not American English and Spanish.

Here are some less known rules for using the colon in Am. English.
http://www.essortment.com/all/grammarpunctu_rxjn.htm

updated OCT 9, 2008
posted by 0074b507