Questions tagged [diacríticos]

Accent and similar marks such as á, é, í, ñ, ó, ú, ü, and the archaic ç.

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Acentuación de plurales en monosílabos con tilde diacrítica

Recientemente me ha entrado la duda de si el plural de té llevaba tilde diacrítica o no, puesto que tés no corre el riesgo de confundirse con *tes dado que esta última no existe. Leo en el DPD: té....
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When talking in English about Spanish orthography, which diacritics does “tilde” cover?

When speaking in English about Spanish orthography, what diacritics does the word "tilde" cover? Does it only refer to the diacritic on top of "ñ", or does it also cover things like the diacritical ...
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Are there any Spanish words with multiple accents?

I recently saw the word súbitáneamente, with two accent marks. Now, this is clearly an error, which appears to originate from an OCR transcription of this dictionary, mistaking a comma on the line ...
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Does Mexican Spanish use grave accents?

I was taught that, besides ñ, the only diacritics in Castilian are acute accents on vowels, to indicate the atypical placement of stress. In subtitles for the English version of the Mexico-based ...
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¿Tiene nombre el punto sobre la letra i?

En esta respuesta de 2015 hay un intercambio de comentarios entre Guifa y dokeryZ sobre las palabras en inglés tilde y tittle Entiendo que tilde en inglés es solo para la marca ( ~ ) que va en ...
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Tildes en apellidos en EEUU / Diacritics with names US

Mi padre tiene una novia cuyo nombre completo es «Kristen Treviño». «Kristen» es su nombre de pila, que proviene de sus padres estadunidenses y no hispanohablantes, y «Treviño» es su único apellido, ...
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Diacritics in domain names

I am trying to think of a good name for a Spanish-based business, but finding a good name (and not reserved domain name) is more difficult than starting a business itself. Business is going to be ...
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¿Cuándo se incorporó la Ñ al abecedario como letra con entidad propia?

Los documentos de la RAE no paran de esconder sorpresas. La última me la llevé ojeando la primera Orthographía española de 1741, en la cual descubrí lo siguiente en el apartado dedicado a las letras ...
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Why is the “í” accented in conditional mood conjugations?

Consider the following reference: "If there isn't a written accent mark, every Spanish word that ends in a vowel, an "-n," or an "-s" has the stress fall on the second-to-last syllable (the "...
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Why is búho written with an acute accent? / ¿Por qué lleva acento la palabra “búho”?

¿Por qué lleva acento la palabra "búho"? ¿Hay alguna razón porque la que la palabra "búho" lleve acento? ¿Hay alguna regla ortográfica que lo determine? Estoy acostumbrado a los acentos sobre la e, ...
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Difference between “está” and “esta” or “esté” and “este”?

How do I know if I have to use the one with accent and not the one without accent? Could you provide examples?
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What is the etymology of the “diéresis” or “crema”?

This entry of the Diccionario panhispánico de dudas explains the uses of the diéresis or crema (the ¨ mark) in Spanish (it is mandatory over a u to indicate that this vowel must be pronounced in the ...
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When to use 'o' and 'ó'

I've seen the conjunction o both with and without an accent mark. What are the rules for when the accent ought to be used?
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What are the accent placement rules in Spanish?

Some people have trouble determining when accent marks (tildes) should be used and where. What are the rules for accent placement in Spanish? How do you determine whether the vowel on the stressed ...
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“Guion” vs “Guión” - Are there other words which could be written in multiple ways?

My dictionary uses guión while Wikipedia writes guion. I tried Google ngram and was nearly convinced that Wikipedia was wrong because nobody else seems to use that spelling today. I was really ...
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How important are accents in written Spanish?

English I notice that native Spanish speakers often leave off accents in writing. Outside the context of edited material, it almost seems like accent pedantry is the sign of someone who has learned ...