The written accent You already know the standard rules for stress and accent in Spanish. • When words end in a vowel, n, or s, the stress is on the next-to-last syllable. • When words end in a consonant (except n or s), the stress is on the last syllable. • Words that do not follow these patterns must have a written accent (called acento ortográfico or tilde). The accent indicates that you should place the stress on this syllable as you pronounce the word.
The Orthographic Accent in Spanish Classification of words according to written accent Esdrújula – next to the next to the last syllable Llana – Next to the last syllable Aguda – Last syllable Word does NOT end in N, S, or any of the vowels Word ends in N, S, or any of the vowels Has an accent ár-bol Lá-piz A-zú-car Es-plen-di-do Fan-tás-ti-co ú-ni-co Ja-món Ca-jón Ra-món