The emphatic accent

The emphatic accent
The emphatic accent

In today's article we are going to explain to you what the so-called emphatic accent is, whose most common name is diacritical tilde.

The emphatic accent is a mechanism that the Spanish language uses to differentiate words that are spelled exactly the same but have different meanings. That is to say, the words that carry the emphatic accent are not accentuated following the spelling rules that we all know, but they do so without following any rule simply to distinguish themselves from their peer. What is certain is that this procedure is not used in all the pairs of words to which the same thing happens (they are written the same and have different meanings). Let's see the cases of the words of the Spanish language that carry an emphatic accent. In today's list we show you only monosyllabic words. Remember that these never have a tilde except in the cases that we show you below.

emphatic accent
emphatic accent


De: preposition.

Dé: verb, first and third person singular of the present simple of the subjunctive of the verb dar.

Ex. Ask your partner to give you the poster board.

Your partner's cardboard is too big.

– HE / HE

El: Definite article, masculine, singular.

He: personal pronoun, third person singular.

Ex. My friend's cat is very affectionate.

He's my best friend.


More: adversative conjunction.

plus: Adverb of quantity.

Ex. I'm hungry but I can't eat anything because I'm on a diet.

I love you much more than you think.

– MI / ME

Mi: possessive adjective, first person singular.

Mí: personal pronoun, first person singular.

Ex. I have to take my dog outside before I go to the restaurant.

The whole party they've been preparing they've thrown for me.

– SE / SÉ

Se: personal pronoun, third person singular.

Sé: verb, first person singular, present indicative of the verb to be.

Ex. The pot has dried out because it's been too hot this week.

All I know is that I feel like going to the beach for a few days for the summer.


If: conditional conjunction.

Yes: Affirmative adverb.

Ex. If you want me to do a photo shoot you have to come on Monday morning.

When I asked her, she said that she did want to come.


Te: personal pronoun, second person singular.

Tea: infusion.

Ex. As much as I explain it to you, I know that you will not find out anything because you lack concepts to know.

I would like to have some tea right now because I love it.


Tu: possessive adjective, second person singular.

Tú: personal pronoun, second person singular.

Ex. What I liked most aboutmontage was your part where you go out dancing with your kids like a gorilla.

You were the one who wanted us to come to this town for summer vacation.

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