How the tilde is used in monosyllables

How the tilde is used in monosyllables


In the general rules of spelling of the Spanish language, monosyllables are not stressed orthographically never. There is a series of exceptional cases in which these have an accent, the well-known diacritical tilde to differentiate themselves from other words that are written exactly the same as these, but that have different meanings. Do you know what these words are? At we tell you about them.

Steps to follow:


TEA / TEA: When the “tea” refers to the drink, and therefore acts as a noun within the sentence, is when it has an accent. Without graphic accentuation it refers to the pronoun.

Ex: How good is green tea.

Do you like carrots?


YOU / YOU: It is accentuated “tú” when acting as a personal pronoun. No accent is when you refer to a possessive.

Ex: What do you think of that?

I like your shirt.

In our article When to accentuate your we will tell you with more details.


EL / ÉL: It is spelled accentuated when it acts as a pronoun. It is not accentuated when it functions as an article.

Ex: He is the oldest in the house.

Pedro’s car is white.


SE / SÉ: With tilde refers to the verb to know. Without accent is nothing more than a pronoun.

Ex: I know everything.

Can you smoke here?


MORE / MORE: When this monosyllable is accentuated it is because it refers to a quantity and acts as an adverb. In front of the non-accented, which acts as a conjunction equivalent to “but”.

Ex: I like strawberry more than cream.

He didn’t tell me anything, but I know.

The article when to accentuate more explains more details about this monosyllable.


MY / ME: With tilde it refers to the pronoun and without accent, the possessive.

Ex: Leave it to me.

My cousin is called Rafa.


YES YES: Accented refers to the statement and without accentuation, it refers to the conditional conjunction.

Ex: Yes, I’m going too.

If you don’t like it, don’t eat it.


FROM / GIVE: With tilde it refers to the verb give and without accent to the preposition.

Ex: Do you want me to give it to you?

Whose is that?

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  • The RAE, in the section on the use of the tilde, can help you.
  • In any spelling manual you will get information on the use of these signs.