Why are accents and tildes used in spanish?
Please tell me why accents/tildes are used on some words in spanish and not others. Also tell me what grammatical function they have.
In Spanish, accents are used to do the following:
1.To show stress on a vowel in a word ex. Andrés -as you can see, we are showing stress on the vowel -e -so, to pronounce this, we wouldn't say Andrés like how we say the -e in Andrew but, instead you would use the long a sound in english (like the a in rake) -so, to say Andrés in Spanish is would sound like this (on-drace)
2.The second use of accent marks in Spanish is when you have two spanish words that are spelt the same way but, with the accent have diffrent meanings ex. si- without the accent means if sí- with the accent means yes
In Spanish, tildes are used when:
show that the word was spelt with 2 Ns in the past
to show the diffrences between two spanish words that are spelt the same that use to be spelt with 2Ns.
ex. una means one and uña means nail in spanish
remember, when you see the ñ in spanish when saying the word say the word like the -ny sound in the word canyon or for another example the -ni sound in the word onion
Hope it helped