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Syllable: It’s a unit of pronunciation with a vowel sound.
Accent: It’s the highest stress made on a syllable
Diacritical mark: It’s the visible mark made on a vowel. It’s commonly known as written accent (Only one diacritical mark per word is correct in Spanish).
Note: In Spanish, all words have accent but not all words have diacritical mark or written accent.
Proparoxytone words: They are the words with the stress on the third-to-last (antepenultimate) syllable. They always have a written accent, except when formed from an adjective that has no written accent.
Examples: plátano, esdrújula, íntegro, público, brutalmente, cabalmente, bestialmente
In order to correctly pronounce any word that has no written accent, consider the following rules:
- If the last letter of the word is either “n”, “s” or a “vowel”, the stress must be on the penultimate syllable.
Examples: cosa, casa, ejemplo, gallina, volumen, entonces, certamen, injustamente, abiertamente
- In the other cases, the stress must be on the last syllable.
Examples: analizar, pared, arroz, virtud,