The vowels

 

The vowels

When there are two or three vowels together we have to consider if they are one or two syllables and if they form one syllable, which one of them should have the syllable stress?

There are two types of vowels:
Strong vowels: a, e, o
Weak vowels
: u, i

A. When there is one strong vowel and one weak vowel together they make a diphthong (one syllable) (the syllable stress goes on the strong vowel)
eg:
lie-bre, fai-sán, fau-na, reu-nión, an-ti-guo, co-pio-so,

When two weak vowels come together they make a dipthong (one syllable):
(the stress goes on the second vowel)
eg:
conse-guir, rui-do, rui-na, viu-da


B. When two strong vowels come together they make a hiatus (two separate syllables):
eg:
poe-ta, caó-ti-co, al-de-a, mean-dro, mues-tre-o, ta-re-a, po-e-ma

C. When thre vowels come together (one strong between two weaks) they make a triphthong (one syllable) (the syllable stress goes on the strong vowel):

eg: Actuáis, copiéis

When in a combination of strong and weak vowels, the stress falls on the weak one it is necessary to underline the fact that the weak vowel has turned into a strong one by means of a written mark:

eg: tía, rí-o, ac-tú-a, re-úne, dí-a, o-í-do

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