Accent Marks in Spanish Stress: Vowel, N, or S If the word ends in a vowel, an -n, or an -s, the second-to-last.

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Accent Marks in Spanish
Stress: Vowel, N, or S
If the word ends in a vowel, an -n, or an -s,
the second-to-last syllable is stressed:
manzana
hablan
problemas
Stress: Other Consonants
If the word ends in a consonant other than
-n or -s, the last syllable is stressed:
felicidad
hablar
sensacional
Stress: Accent Marks
If we break the previous rules, we must
use an accent mark to indicate stress:
inglés
habló
árbol
Practice: Which needs an accent?
carcel
camino
camino
caminamos
cancion
canciones
Accent Marks & Conjugations
Accent marks on verb conjugations are
important:
escucho ≠ escuchó
escuchara ≠ escuchará
Accent Marks & Pronouns
When we add pronouns, we often need to
add an accent mark:
mandar → mandármelo
mandando → mandándolo
manda → mándalo
Accent Marks & Pronouns
But not always:
dar
→
darlo
Accent Marks & Homonyms
Pronounced the same, different meanings:
de vs. dé
el vs. él
mas vs. más
que vs. qué
se vs. sé
si vs. sí
te vs. té
tu vs. tú
Accent Marks & Questions
Interrogative words have accents:
¿Quién?
¿Qué?
¿Cuándo?
¿Dónde?
¿Por qué?
¿Cómo?
¿Cuál?
¿Cuánto?
Accent Marks & Diphthongs
Diphthongs are two vowels that blend
together to form one syllable:
hablais
bien
cuaderno
Accent Marks & Diphthongs
Accents break diphthongs into two
syllables:
país
sonreír
heroína
Notes
● Accents are only used with vowels.
● Accents are drawn from the lower left to
the upper right.
● Not all words need accent marks; words
with accent marks will have only one.
● If a syllable other than the last or
second-to-last is stressed, the word
must have an accent mark.
Notes
● Borrowed words often don't have
accents. For example: Internet and
sandwich.
● Capital letters are often not accented
even though they should be.
● Numbers: "Necesito 2 ó 3 bolígrafos."
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