Accents

Italian accents
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Gli accenti scritti

Accents may look strange to anyone whose native language doesn’t have any, but they are extremely important in Italian. Leaving off the accent on a word is a spelling mistake, and may cause confusion.

There are two different Italian accents – detailed lessons coming soon.

Accent Found on What it does Per esempio…
           
` grave
 
a, i, u
e, o
Indicates that stress is on final syllable
Indicates stress + closed vowel pronunciation
città
caffè
city
coffee
           
´ acuto
acute
a, i, u
e, o
Indicates that stress is on final syllable
Indicates stress + open vowel pronunciation
cosí
perché
so
why, because

  Please note: In the very small bit of research I’ve done so far, Italian accents seem to be a divisive topic. I am going to address this in detail, particularly the question of whether the acute accent is – or should be – found at the end of words like cosí. Even Italians don’t all agree, but I will do my very best to find the writing system considered correct by the greatest number of people.

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