I'm learning Spanish again and wondered why there's the upside down question mark (¿) and my wife helped me understand:

In Spanish there's no difference between a question and a statement.

For example

Tú hablas inglés.
¿Tú hablas inglés?

The first sentence means "You speak English", the second is "Do you speak English?".

When writing, "¿" introduces the next part of the sentence as question.

I also learned that young people tent to omit the "¿", especially when texting.

I guess over time it will die out which is sad, because IMO "¿" and "¡" are quite unique language features.

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