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accento grave e accento acuto

Someday_Traveler

Someday_Traveler

Ciao ci! Is there a rule/guideline for when Italian words have an accento acuto (an acute accent, as for perché) or an accento grave (grave accent, as for lunedì)? It appears the grave accent is used primarily on a, i, o, u to mark when the stress falls on the final syllable of the word (as opposed from the more common next-to-the-last, or the penultimate, syllable) and an acute accent is used when the final vowel-syllable to be stressed in the word ends with an e. Is that correct? When listening, can we tell the difference between acute and grave accents if the speaker's voice rises on an acute accent and lowers on a grave accent? Or is this just something that needs to be memorized as words are introduced and learned? Molte grazie ~ Karen
Maria-DiLorenzi

Maria-DiLorenzi

Ciao Karen, the accents in Italian are used to indicate a different way to pronounce a word. In fact the grave accent is the symbol of an opened vowel while the acute accent is the symbol of closed vowel. In some cases, this can affect the meaning of the word pronounced as for example: papa = pope papà = daddy The general rule is that you will need to use the accent mark if : -the stress falls on the last vowel of words formed by more than one syllable -on monosyllabic words that can be have different meaning. The grave accents are usually on the vowels "a,e,i,o,u" while the acute accent is common on the "e" vowel. The best way to make sure that you are writing the correct answer is by checking with the dictionary. I hope this helps :)

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