Hey, there! How are you doing? I hope you are really good! Today I’ve got a controversial topic. Why am I saying that? Since I have been teaching Spanish in the United Kingdom, I’ve realised that students don’t care about accents. Ey! I completely understand your point of view, but you should consider the point of view that the Spanish language system has, shouldn’t you?
If I write this sentence in a formal context:
Its not my book.
Perhaps you notice that I’ve written something wrong. I, as a Spanish native speaker, could say “but it’s only an apostrophe!”. And you could reply: “an essential apostrophe”. Basically, if you write its, you refer to a possessive pronoun, however if you write “it is”, you have a personal pronoun and a verb. Substantial difference, isn’t it? This happens with Spanish accents.
I have decided to make a table with some words which can change according to the accent position. Don’t you believe me? Continue reading!
|WORD||TYPE OF WORD||MEANING|
|Cantó||3rd person singular from indefinite verbal tense (indefinido). Indicative mode.||He/she sang|
|Canto||1st person singular from present tense. Indicative mode. Noun||I sing |
|Te||Personal pronoun (átono)||You use this pronoun in pronominal verbs or in verbs which need an indirect object. E.g:|
¿Te gusta esta camiseta? (Do you like this t-shirt?)
Yo me llamo Inés. (My name is Inés).
|Calculó||3rd person singular from indefinite verbal tense. Indicative mode.||I calculated / I estimated / I computed|
|Calculo||1st person singular from present tense. Indicative mode.||I calculate / I estimate / I compute|
|Cálculo||Noun||A calculation, a count, a computation|
|Celebré||1st person singular from indefinite verbal tense. Indicative mode||I celebrated|
|Celebre||2nd person singular from imperative mode.||Celebrate!|
Have you changed your point of view about the importance of accents in Spanish? I hope so! See you soon!
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Letras en español – Belén Riesco©
Cambridge Dictionary (online) from: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/es/