Written Accents in Spanish
Written accent marks (tildes) are used to let a person know where to place intonation when speaking Spanish. Once you know the rules for stressing syllables, there are only two more rules you need to learn.
Basic Rules of Intonation
1. If the stress falls on the last syllable (aguda) and the word ends in a vowel, n, or s, it requires a written accent.
2. If the stress is placed on the penultimate syllable (grave) and the word ends in a consonant other than n or s, it requires a written accent.
Additional Rules of IntonationTo learn additional rules of intonation, written accents, and exceptions to the rules read rules for stressing syllables.
Interroative/Question WordsIn Spanish, all interrogative (question) words require a written accent. The accent communicates to the reader that a question is being asked. The following is a list of all the interrogative words in Spanish.