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Can anyone help me understand what it wants me to write for the question on "Marque la sílaba tónica?"

Also, what's the difference between ah, ha, a, and hay?

  • I think you would learn more if you told us what you think the difference between ah, ha, a, hay and so on is then we can help you clarify any misunderstanding
    – mdewey
    May 16, 2016 at 14:38
  • I think... a is for when you are going somewhere
    – user152099
    May 16, 2016 at 14:52
  • ah is when you are surprised about something
    – user152099
    May 16, 2016 at 14:52
  • ha is...it's hard for me to try to explain it but I think it means when you're asking for something like "ah visto este programa"
    – user152099
    May 16, 2016 at 14:53
  • And ay... ay gets me confused with ah because I look at them as if they were the same thing.
    – user152099
    May 16, 2016 at 14:53

1 Answer 1


Marque la sílaba tónica means you need to mark where the word is correctly stressed. Namely, ánimo, animo, ani are all different and the sílaba tónica is bolded to show the correct stress.

Regarding your other question, briefly:

  1. ah shows realisation about something: ah, now I get it. (It's the same in English.)
  2. ha is the auxiliary verb for the third person present perfect form: él ha trabajado.
  3. a is a preposition.
  4. hay is the equivalent for the English there is/are.
  5. ¡ay! is for sudden actions: ¡ay! ¡Me duele!
  6. ahí is the equivalent for the English there.
  • Thank you! Also, I just one one more question. How would you divide "Mariana" into syllabuses? Would it be "Ma-ri-a-na" or would it be "Ma-ria-na" and would the "sílaba tónica" be on the "ri" or "a" ? I'm not sure...
    – user152099
    May 16, 2016 at 14:57
  • @user152099 ma-ria-na and the bold syllabe is the tónica one.
    – Schwale
    May 16, 2016 at 14:58
  • Thank you! Sorry i'm bothering you so much but just to make sure...This is what I have so far for that
    – user152099
    May 16, 2016 at 15:01
  • Sorry i'm bothering you so much but just to make sure. This is what I have for my answers so far..: 1) Ma-ria-na llana 2) Ex-pli-ca-se-lo, subesdrujula 3) bue-ni-si-mo, esdrujula 4) mo-nu-men-to, llana 5) ja-po-nes, aguda 6) im-por-tan-te, llana 7) di-vier-te, llana 8) re-pu-bli-ca, esdrujula
    – user152099
    May 16, 2016 at 15:06
  • To come up with the syllabuses just look for the natural pauses as if you were sort of chanting. The would be ma-ri-a-na, Strong vowels (a, e, o) always form their own syllables:
    – Ricardo C
    May 16, 2016 at 22:33

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