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Accents are important anywhere you want to use formal language, look professional, etc. Places where using "correct" Spanish is important. Writing an article for publication, a letter to a superior, in exams. Despite what other people say in their answers, leaving out accents doesn't result in sore eyes, confused readers, hard to read text. If you're ...


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In my opinion the accents are very important to ease the readability of your text. Because Spanish is a inflectional language, we make from a single root many words (e.g. verbal conjugation) whose only difference is which syllable has the stress: El camino (the road) Él caminó (he walked) Yo camino (I walk) And also, we have the diacritic ...


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You should absolutely use them - it's not a matter of pedantry. Otherwise you'll be forcing people to correct intonation in their minds - making any lengthy enough text a headache.


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To split the diphthong "uo", otherwise it would be pronounced [bu'o], with the stress in the "o". Briefly: Se tilda para romper el diptongo /uo/: si no se tildara sería una palabra monosílaba /buó/; gracias a la tilde es bisílaba /bú-o/. Yes, there are specific rules about accents, and all vowels can be accented, it's not about the vowel, but about ...


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After the last edition of the "Gramática Española" "o" never has an accent mark. Until now the accent was used when "o" was between numbers (so it can't be confused with a 0). From RAE, nueva gramática Supresión de la tilde diacrítica en la conjunción disyuntiva o escrita entre cifras Hasta ahora se venía recomendando escribir con tilde la ...


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There are three main categories of words in Spanish, according to what syllable the stress falls on: agudas, llanas o graves and esdrújulas. Let's see what these terms mean. Words are divided in syllables. In order to know what syllable gets the tilde, you need to count the syllables. The counting starts from the last syllable towards the beginning of the ...


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Yes, there are other pairs of words which can be written with and without accent marks; for example (definitions taken from the DRAE): omóplato u omoplato. (Del lat. omoplăte, y este del gr. ὠμοπλάτη). m. Anat. Cada uno de los dos huesos anchos, casi planos, situados a uno y otro lado de la espalda, donde se articulan los húmeros y las clavículas. ...


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Accents are essential when there is a possibility of confusion. The Real Academia Española recognizes that there are occasions when accents may be omitted. The words éste or aquél, for example, don't require an accent when there is no risk of confusing the word with the adjective. By comparison, o should have an accent when it comes between numerals, in ...


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In 2010, RAE made a number of changes in Spanish spelling. One of them was exclusion of the graphical accent in monosyllabic words with diphtongs or triphthongs: guion, truhan, fie, liais, etc. First, RAE introduced strict rules to define what is a diphtong for spelling purposes: an open vowel (/a/, /e/, /o/) followed or preceded by a closed unstressed ...


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You definitely should. An accent can really make a difference when trying to understand a text. We, native speakers, can usually fully understand something without any accent, but it's much easier to read with them. Also, to write spanish as the RAE says, you have to use them.


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To a true Mexican, a properly placed accent shows respect for the purity of the written language as the accent is most often used in proper names and I am sure that you yourself would not much appreciate a mispronunciation of your name. For example, the letter "i" in my name is not dotted, it carries an accent over the i and I always make use of the accent ...


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It's just a matter of stress. If the stressed syllable is the first one, you don't write the accent. If it's the last one, you do. You know, the rule states that "if the stress is in the last syllable and it ends in vowel, n or s, you must write the accent". Besides, está and esté are forms of the verb estar, whereas esta and este are demonstratives or ...


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I agree with what is said in JoulSauron's answer. The "beginner's" answer to the question is that it looks like a two-syllable word to us but it would be pronounced "bwo" without the accent as the "h" is silent. The basic rule is the stress is on the second last syllable unless you have a written accent to tell you otherwise. There are exceptions to this ...


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Yes. A lot of people appreciate it. Sometimes, if writing a quick message or SMS they are left off. There is not accent pedantry, most times they are useful and help the reader to go through your text faster.


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Although it is possible to understand a text without accents, it would hurt your eyes. In addition to this, some words change their meaning if you miss one accent (más/mas, él/el, té/te...).


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"está" is the 3rd. person, singular of the verb "estar". In English: "is". "esta" is a pronoun, it translates to "this". Esta casa está inclinada. Esta linea está torcida. Esta mañana está muy bonita.


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There are thousands of dictionary lemmas with multiple spellings. By doing some crazy scripting, I've compiled a list of some 4000+. Many times, the distinguishing element is an accent, but most of the time it's a letter insertion, deletion or substitution. I can't post all of them here without cluttering everything up, but for the sake of completeness, ...


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It's not thaaaat important, people would still understand what you're trying to write if you miss some accents. However, if you miss one, it will look like a stain in the paper. Of course there are some words that DO NEED the accent because it changes the complete meaning of the word.. like "mas" and "más" or "él" and "el"


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Wikipedia explains it pretty well. It was invented by the Greeks, to mark a vowel that shouldn't be combined with adjacent ones into a diphthong or new sound. With that sense it's been used ever since, even in English (although this usage is almost extint). The word diaeresis means separation; crema comes from trema, which is Ancient Greek for pip (of dice), ...



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