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Spanish alphabet and characters

The Spanish alphabet should display only the following characters. If your document is not showing correctly, then first check that the encoding for that program and font supports Romance languages.

Spanish alphabet (lower case)

Spanish grammar rules

Nouns in Spanish have two genders: masculine and feminine. They inflect for number (singular and plural), however the devision between countable and uncountable is ambiguous.

Spanish formatting rules

First day of the weekMonday
Working daysMonday to Friday
Short date formatd-M-yy as well as d/M/yy; dd/MM/yy and d.M.yy; dd.MM.yy
e.g. 24-3-16 or 24/3/16; 24/03/16 or 24.3.16; 24.03.16
Long date formatdddd d de MMMM de yyyy, as well as d de MMMM de yyyy
e.g. jueves 24 de marzo de 2016 / 24 de marzo de 2016
ExceptionLong date format for scientific or technical papers distributed worldwide only

yyyy MMMM d

e.g. 2016 marzo 24

Spanish capitalisation usage

  • People’s names.
  • Geographical names (of countries, counties/states, cities etc.).
  • Use ALL capitals for: devices and drives names, directories, environment variables, file extensions and filenames, program name abbreviations, message and symbolic constants, paths and registers.
  • For software interface elements, capitalize only the first letter of the first word in commands, dialog box titles, dialog box options, menus, buttons, and names of panes, views or windows.
  • Headings/titles: only the first word is capitalised unless a proper noun is featured.

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