This grammar exercise, which is a perfect complement to our Spanish grammar book, will help you practice the accent mark rules in Spanish. Accent marks are a tricky part of the Spanish writing system, and many students get confused when it comes to placing the accent mark in a word. Where should I place the accent mark? Does this word have an accent mark at all?
Confusing as it may seem, it is very simple to make it right, as the students in our Spanish school in Madrid know. The only thing you have to do is to have some basic accent mark rules in Spanish in mind. In fact, there are only two steps you have to take.
First, you have to identify which syllable carries the accent of the word. If you hear the word, one syllable will be stressed more than the rest. For example, in “Es-pa-ña” the stress is in “pa”, in “Ma-drid” the stress is in “drid”, and in “A-mé-ri-ca”, the stress is in “mé”.
Once you have identified the syllable which carries the stress, you have to define its position, counting from the end. This way you will have three groups:
Once you have identified where the accent lies, and once you have classified the word in one of the three groups, the last step is to look at the last letter of the word. As far as accent mark rules in Spanish is concerned, there are two kinds of letters: vowels (a, e, i, o, u), “n”, or “s”, on the one hand, and the rest of consonants on the other hand. So, once you have these two elements in mind (the stressed syllable and the last letter), you will know where to put the accent mark if you follow these rules:
Now you can put what you learned into practice with this free grammar exercise. This one is focused on words which are “agudas”, but the next one will be focused on words which are “llanas”, the next one on words which are “esdrújulas”, and the last one will be a mix of all of them. If you have any question regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us using the comments box, in our Madrid Spanish school we are always happy to help!