Question mark usage

StuartC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Question mark usage

Hola,

I'm intrigued that the threats are interpreted with a question mark, rather than an exclamation mark. Are they interchangeable?

Gracias,

Asked 2 years ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola a todos

Sorry about the delay in clarifying this doubt.

The use of this structure when it conveys a "threat" (a strong warning) in Spanish generally takes the form of a question. It is obviously a rhetorical question, we don't expect an answer from the person we warn/threaten as it is simply a threat. This in English translates in different ways, depending on the sentence, but generally this would not take the form of a question in English, but an exclamation. 

This is the reason behind those question marks in the Spanish structure and the exclamation marks in the English translation. 

Having said all that, using exclamation marks in Spanish could also be possible, but the intonation that we give in Spanish in this case is more of a question than an exclamation. 

I hope this clarified it.

Saludos

Inma

PatiC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

The question mark instead of an exclamation point struck me as well. Does someone have an explanation?

IanC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

"I bet" rather than "Look out"......you'll fall.      Also curious about use of ? rather than ! in warning.

¿A que te caes?" means:(HINT: The situation is: the speaker is watching his child running downstairs)I told you you'd fall!Did you fall down?I bet you'll fall down!I wish you'd fall down!
MarcosC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

I find that a looser translation helps me out here.  

"¿A que te caes?" = "What if you fall?" = "You'll fall!!!"

Question mark usage

Hola,

I'm intrigued that the threats are interpreted with a question mark, rather than an exclamation mark. Are they interchangeable?

Gracias,

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