Does anybody know the general rules of when you use accents over vowels in writing?I remember there was a whole list of them when I took Spanish in school years ago.
There are only two basic rules but their application may present difficulties. The most important is that you need to write an accent whenever the stress falls in an "unusual" syllable (the problem being that you need to know where the stress usually falls [fortunately, in Spanish this is a simple problem]). Additionally, there are cases in which an accent is written to signal a different meaning/grammatical function (which does not affect pronunciation) such as in the cases of que/qué, solo/sólo) etc. (the latter are fairly few in number but occur frequently).
stress elsewhere than rules
Not too many rules.
Ast but one syllable is where u place them I think - if they are not already there