Is the colon used differently in spanish?
What about the semicolon (, is it ever used in Spanish?
I'm not sure about Spanish, but in Greek, the semicolon is used as a questionmark. : )
What about the semicolon (, is it ever used in Spanish'
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.
Cut this from web site online.
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:
(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.