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Rítmo o ritmo?


Comenzaron a tocar la guitarra y a cantar. Sí, era el mismo rítmo, la misma melodía y la misma pasión. Why does ritmo have an accent, a misprint here?

updated SEP 9, 2009
posted by zhoujian
misprint, ritmo has no accent - 00494d19, SEP 9, 2009

2 Answers


If the spoken accent falls on the next to last syllable - which it does in the case of 'ritmo' you only need a written accent (tilde) over the vowel if the word does NOT end in a 'n, s, or vowel'. In this case, 'ritmo' DOES end in a vowel (o) so you do not need a written accent. There's two other general rules for accents, but they don't pertain to this case.

Look at the case of 'dólar' the spoken accent falls on the next to last syllable on the letter 'o'. It doesn't end in a 'n, s or vowel' so this time you DO put a written accent.

Hope that helps.


updated SEP 9, 2009
posted by Charlius

The word is grave so the accent falls on the "I" according to the rules of intonation. Since that is where you want it, no accent mark is needed.

updated SEP 9, 2009
edited by 0074b507
posted by 0074b507
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