There are words in Spanish which change their meaning depending on if they have or do not have a written accent.
Let's look at "tú" vs "tu".
- Tú is a subject personal pronoun.
- It has a written accent on the u and it is a single word.
- The direct English translation is you (singular informal).
Tú eres inteligente.You are intelligent. ("You" singular informal)
- Tu is written without an accent on the u.
- It is a possessive adjective.
- The direct English translation is your (singular informal).
Soy tu madre.I am your mum. ("Your" singular informal)
Here are some more examples:
Tú tienes un perro negro.You have a black dog. ("You" singular informal)
María habla con tu amigo.Maria talks to your friend. ("Your" singular informal)
See also Difference between mi and mí (with or without an accent)
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