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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 vowel doesn't indicate anything but stress in this case. In other words, the cié in murciélago is identical to the cie in cielo; the accent on é only indicates ...


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Y works like a consonant wherever it is immediately followed by a vowel that is part of the same word. Otherwise, it is a vowel, equivalent to I for all purposes. A + unstressed I is always a diphthong. A + unstressed Y is the exact same thing. Therefore, hay is just one syllable. However, in both ayer and ayuda Y works like a consonant. A consonant that ...


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However, I think I've discovered an exception to the rule, which is the name Luis. It is not an exception. "Ui" is a diphthong, which means that "Luis" has only one syllable. Single syllable words don't generally need accent marks. Do y'all know of any other exceptions to this rule that don't have accent marks? There are no such exceptions. Some words ...


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Just to complete OnlyThenDidIReckonMyCurse's answer ... According to the Wikipedia: Salma Hayek Jiménez was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Her father, Sami Hayek Domínguez, is Lebanese Mexican Jiménez and Domínguez are Spanish surnames (son of Jimeno and son of Domingo, respectively; like Stevenson is son of Steve, for example) but Hayek is ...


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Regarding the hiatus [u.i], all verb infinitives ending in -uir have it, and it's inherited by all their inflections and derivations where it may apply: substituir, substituido; recluir, recluido; fluir, fluido, fluidez; huir, huida, etc. I think this is so because we are used to verbs getting stress in the last vowel of the infinitive; we only recognize ...


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As in the previous response, I agree that there are no exceptions to this rule; however some rules take precedence over other ones. E.g. if the word does not end in vowel, n or s, but there is a diphthong in the last syllable that needs to be broken, then it is stressed.


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