38 words using tildes when they should not.

38 words using tildes when they should not.

Here I present a brief list containing some of the words that confuse us when including tildes on them:

Fue, dio, vio: no tilde, since spelling rules stipulate that monosyllables are never accented graphically, except in cases of diacritical tildes.

Ti: often accentuated by analogy with other pronouns like or . But these forms take them to make a difference from mi and tu as possessive adjectives.

Esto, eso, aquello: sometimes they are unduly accentuated due to the influence of male and female pronouns (este, esta; eso, esa; aquello, aquella).

Sola: it should not use tilde because it is a word of two syllables, “llana” and terminated on a vowel, but we usually use tilde on it by analogy with the adverb solo.

Imagen, examen, volumen, resumen, origen, joven, margen: no tilde for being “llanas” words terminated on -n, although its plural forms have tildes (imágenes, exámenes, volúmenes, resúmenes, orígenes, jóvenes y márgenes), since the plural forms become “esdrújulas”.

Heroico, estoico: in these words the sequence oi is a diphthong, therefore they are “llanas” words, composed by three syllables terminated on a vowel. They should not contain tildes.

Hubierais, hubieseis, fuerais, fueseis: are written without tilde because they are “llanas” words terminated on -s. It must be like this: hu-bie-rais, hu-bie-seis, fue-rais y fue-seis.

Acabose y ponme: verbal forms including pronouns tildes according to the current spelling rules of accentuation (long time ago it did have tilde the word acabóse). As acabose and ponme are “llanas” terminated on vowel, the best choice is to remove the tilde.

Continuo: the continuous adjective is written without tilde for being a “llana” word terminated on a vowel. Present and past tenses do have tilde (yo) continúo and (ella) continuó.

Huir, rehuir: huir is a monosyllabic word, because the sequence ui always forms a diphthong. And rehuir is an “aguda” word terminated on “r”.

Construido, incluido, influido, gratuito, huida, hinduismo, altruismo: all these words are “llanas” terminated on a vowel: cons-trui-do, in-clui-do, in-flui-do, gra-tui-to, hui-da, hin-duis-mo, al-truis-mo.

Caracteres: it is the plural form of carácter so it changes the tilde location from a to e, so it has to be written and pronounced as caracteres, not like carácteres.

Chiita, diita, tiito, Rociito: they are “llanas” terminated on a vowel. Since two consecutive vowels always form an “hiato”, the corresponding hyphenation is chi-i-ta, di-i-ta, ti-i-to and Ro-ci-i-to.


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