Use or the benefit of the `<span>` element

I’m I am completely unable to see the use or the benefit of the <span> element. I understand the theory that it’s supposed to isolate elements that are inline with other elements, (if I’ve got that right?) but I just don’t see how it does that. I included the opening and closing tag between random words within a sentence and I saw no difference in the outcome. What has it done that I’m unable to see?

lets say we have a paragraph:

<p>i am red</p>

and we only want to give the word red a red color we can use span:

<p>i am <span style="color: red">red</span></p>

see? Quite useful.

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Ok, I see. This makes sense, thank you!

So <span> Is like an escape char, in case we want to work with only that word or sentence or group of words. Nice