Emojis in Spanish are those little faces (and other images) that we use every day in our internet communications. Some of them can be used to express emotions (¡No puedo creerlo! 🫣), replace a word (Me he comprado un 🚗.) or even complete sentences (Tengo que decirte una cosa: ❤️‍🔥.).

The word “emoji” is included in the RAE Dictionary. However, not many speakers are aware of the rules of punctuation when using these little icons. In this article we are going to show you how to punctuate when using emojis in Spanish.

The emoji affects the whole sentence

If the emojis in Spanish affect the whole sentence, it is not necessary to use a sign behind them to close the message.

Estoy de acuerdo con tu propuesta. 👌

In the previous example, the emoji expresses the agreement with the proposal, so it refers to the whole sentence. In these cases we must isolate it after the closing point.



The emojis in Spanish affect one of the statements

In case we have more than one sentence and the emoji only affects one of them, we should place it before the closing sign or any other punctuation mark. This is necessary mainly if there are more subsequent statements. This way we will make clear that the emoji does not affect them.

Necesito que me prestes algo de dinero 🙏. Tengo que pagar el alquiler.

As we can see, the emoji that expresses “please”, affects the request of the money and does not modify the subsequent information at all. In this case, it is advisable to include it within your sentence.

The emojis in Spanish that replace a word

When emojis in Spanish replace a word, we must consider them as if they were for punctuation purposes. That is to say, we will use the punctuation marks in front or behind, in the same way we would do it if it were a word.

Bueno, te dejo, que voy a sacar al 🐕. No me llevo 📱, así que no me llames.

Repeated or consecutive emojis

We may want to emphasize an emotion or exaggerate a quantity. In those cases, we usually repeat the same emoji. On the other hand, if we want to send several consecutive emojis to express different ideas, should we separate them with commas? Not really.

Con esta operación vamos a ganar 💰💰💰. ¿Qué te parece? 😀💪👏

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