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¿Por qué "había" lleva tilde? ¿Acaso no se pronunciaría de la misma forma si no la tuviese?

Si no llevara tilde deberíamos entender que la palabra tiene dos sílabas: ha - bia Como esta nueva palabra termina en vocal sin tilde, entonces es una palabra grave (o llana), acentuada en la ...
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¿Por qué la palabra "huida" no lleva tilde?

Para efectos de acentuación gráfica (es decir, en cuestiones de escribir o no una tilde), se considera la combinación ui siempre diptongo independiente de la realización verdadera sea esa /wi/ /uj/ o /...
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Why does 'mohínes' have an accent?

In this case I think you are (understandably) being misled by the medial h. The h is not only mute, but also it doesn't have any effect on syllable division.1 So you must imagine mohín would have the ...
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When is it written with and without accent: porqué/porque/por qué? / ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre "porque", "porqué", "por que" y "por qué"?

ENGLISH -Spanish follows Check the RAE on Porqué / porque / por qué / por que for a deep explanation of this. There are several combinations (porque vs. por que as one or two words and then que/qué ...
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How should "murciélago" be pronounced?

Murciélago is pronounced mur-cié-la-go. A diphthong like ie doesn't stop being a diphthong if the full vowel (in this case e) is stressed, and the fact that there's an orthographic accent mark on a ...
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Knowing whether to spell a word -ía or -ia

As can be seen from your examples, it is often arbitrary, and many times the presence or absence of an accent on the /i/ already happened in a previous etimological step (Latin historia vs politīa). ...
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¿Por qué "kilómetro" es esdrújula, si "kilogramo" es llana?

Original tu pregunta. Aquí he encontrado la respuesta de la Academia Mexicana de la Lengua: https://es-es.facebook.com/ortografiaparatodos/posts/566961186709023 La voz kilómetro tiene una ...
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What does "¿Que es eso?" mean?

The words qué, cuál/es, quién/es, cómo, cuán, cuánto/a/os/as, cuándo, dónde y adónde are written with acute accent (tilde diacrítica) when used in an interrogative or exclamatory manner. You can read ...
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Are there any Spanish words with multiple accents?

Asides from words with a ü and an accented stress: agüío, aragüirá, changüí, chigüí, chigüín, fragüín, güeldrés, güillín, güirís, güisquería, güérmeces, lengüetería, paragüería, pirgüín, ...
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How important are accents in written Spanish?

Imagine you are writing about this situation: There are some guys hitting another one, while others are looking at it. You see it from far away and shout: ¡Animales! Meaning "beasts", for doing ...
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Is there a difference between "mítad" and "mitad" as the Spanish word for "half" in English?

No, mítad does not exist as a word. It must be an error. The pronunciation of the word "mitad" is done by stressing the "a". Thus, adding an accent to the "i" would make it sound differently, like a ...
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Circumflex or Acute over O and proper translation

There is no such circumflex accent in Spanish. The only diacritics available are: acute accent sección código dieresis ungüento pingüino There is the letter ñ (with some sort of a diacritic), ...
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What does "¿Que es eso?" mean?

I'll be the contrarian here. ¿que es eso? is a valid Spanish construction and distinct from ¿qué es eso? With the accent, the phrase means "What is that?" because qué is an interrogative pronoun. ...
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"Perifería", "periferia" or both?

It is "periferia". The link you provide to the "llevatilde" web page does not say that "perifería" must be accentuated according to any etymological reason, but just according to the Spanish ...
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Gentilicio para Austria ¿Qué determina el empleo de una u otra forma?

El Diccionario panhispánico de dudas tiene una entrada sobre esto: -íaco -ca o -iaco -ca. 1. Sufijo que forma adjetivos que indican relación con lo designado por el sustantivo base: elegíaco o ...
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When is this symbol (´) used and why?

The (´) symbol is called tilde or acento in Spanish (more specifically: acento gráfico and acento ortográfico), and the Ortografía 2010 written by the RAE says the following about its uses in chapter ...
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¿Qué forma es 'érase' y por qué lleva tilde?

Pretérito imperfecto del indicativo «era» + pronombre enclítico de 3.ª persona «se» (uso arcaico: actualmente solo es común ponerlo en infinitivo, gerundio e imperativo). Lleva tilde porque es ...
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When talking in English about Spanish orthography, which diacritics does "tilde" cover?

In English, tilde refers to the symbol ~, but not diacritics generally. ´ is technically called an acute accent, but because there is no other type of accent in modern Spanish, it's generally just ...
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¿Qué propósito tiene el acento en una pregunta? (dónde, qué, cuándo, etc.)

Modifica la pronunciación de las palabras dentro de una oración. Bajo la nueva ortografía (2010), las únicas palabras que existen en dos variantes con o sin tilde, aunque con la misma sílaba ...
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¿"Dense" o "Dénse"?

Es dense. No lleva acento gráfico actualmente por ser grave terminada en vocal, y tampoco llevaba con las viejas reglas, ya que den no lo lleva. En cambio deles antes llevaba acento gráfico y ahora ...
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Accent Help: Esdrújula and Sobre Esdrújula are not consistent

Esdrújula words are stressed in the antepenultimate syllable, independently of how many syllables the word has. Thus, it doesn't matter if the word has four or more syllables, but in which syllable, ...
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«Habla español donde quieras» o «Habla español dónde quieras»

Tal y como expresas en tu pregunta, la forma correcta en este caso sería donde, sin tilde, por los motivos que tú mismo comentas. Otra cosa, tras lo hablado en los comentarios, es que el texto ...
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Does Spanish use parenthetical pluralization?

Following the hint dropped by fedorqui, I'll translate what the paragraph 4.2.1.3.b of the Ortografía says: [The slash] is used to express a disjunction syntactically, indicating the existence of ...
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¿Es "Decimos" y "Décimos" un ejemplo de tilde diacrítica?

Efectivamente la conjugación del verbo decir no lleva tilde. De todas formas, creo que este no es un ejemplo de tilde diacrítica. La tilde en décimos es ortográfica y responde a la acentuación ...
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Plurals of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives ending in accented syllables

That's not actually the rule. First we must distinguish between stress, which is the force with which a syllable is pronounced, and the accent, which is the written sign that we use to show a syllable ...
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Omitting acute accent on a display with limited character set

Electronic displays with a fixed height tend to omit the accents altogether (e.g. older displays in trains, the metro, buses, bus stops): For short messages where the context is obvious it is usually ...
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Pregunta sobre la acentuación y los interrogativos

que can be used: without accent: relative pronoun: el libro que estás leyendo conjunction: tienes que leer más with accent interrogative pronoun: ¿Qué estás leyendo? exlamation pronoun: !Qué calor ...
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