One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mark (´) placed over certain letters in some languages to indicate an alteration of a sound, as of quality, quantity, or pitch, e.g., in risqué.
- ‘Apologies for not bothering to put on the acute accents.’
- ‘He was named after Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah, but Ryan has added an acute accent to the ‘e ‘, because he got tired of Europeans mispronouncing his first name.’’
- ‘Anyone who knows me would know I would go mad if it wasn't spelt properly with an acute accent over the ‘e’ of the café,’ said Linda.’
- ‘And using an acute accent (voilá) instead of the correct grave accent (voilà) is a poignant, pathetic reminder of the potential for humiliation that social climbers expose themselves to.’
- ‘Stress is written with an acute accent on the stressed vowel.’
- ‘Pronunciations of individual words agreed by the committee were not written in IPA symbols but in a respelling system (with an acute accent marking stress) that would be more readily intelligible to the BBC's staff.’
- ‘It was obviously a conscious decision to omit the acute accent on Roger Desormiere's name, since he appears as ‘Desormiere’ throughout.’
- ‘The distinction between the old grave and acute accents were a help to children and learners to help them pronounce a word which they encountered for the first time.’
- ‘When the word has an acute accent over the vowel, it is pronounced with a voice that starts high and then rises sharply.’
- ‘The unanticipated side-effect of this is that it has been a positive joy to spend time during my lunch-break correcting the grave and acute accents in my Barcelona picture galleries in readiness for publication.’
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