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|Accents & Punctuation|
The most common Spanish accent is the acute accent: á, é,
í, ó, ú. This accent does not change the way a letter
is pronounced, but it shows where the emphasis falls when pronouncing
Some Spanish words are written with a diaeresis ( ¨ ). In Spanish, the diaeresis is used in the groups 'güi' and 'güe' to indicate that that vowel 'ü' is pronounced (if the diaeresis is not present, the vowel 'u' is not spoken).
Spanish has also another mark, called 'tilde'. This mark is used only on the letter 'ñ' to represent a specific sound (similar to the English 'onion').
Examples of accents:
In written Spanish, a system of double punctuation is used. An upside down question mark is placed at the beginning of a question and the usual question mark is written at the end of it. Similarly, an inverted exclamation mark indicates the beginning of an exclamation, while the ordinary exclamation mark shows the end of the sentence.
Examples of double punctuation:
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