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Hi guys! Today we are going to talk abou paraxytone words.
What does Paroxytone mean? Let’s find out!

What does Paroxytone mean

Paroxytone words are the words that the strongest syllable is located before the last one. What is the strongest syllable? The stressed one, the strongest syllable when we speak. They are the biggest group of words in the Portuguese Language. Moisés is going to tell us more about them. Don’t forget to turn the English subtitles on:

 

Paroxytone words in Portuguese

Let’s see some examples of paraxytone words without diacritics:

Ajuda
Multa
Vera
Atitude
Chuva
Alicate
Sistema
Help
Ticket
Vera
Attitude
Rain
Pliers
System

Some paroxytone words receive diacritics, we just have to pay attention at the end of the word. We put diacritics on paroxytone words ended in the consonants L, N, R and X. Take a look, and don’t forget the subtitles:

Words ending in L

cil
Dicil
Responvel
Avel
Útil
Easy
Hard
Responsible
Lovely
Useful

 

Words ending in N

fen
Éden
len
Abmen
Hyphen
Eden
Pollen
Abdomen

 

Words ending in R

Éter
Rerter
Caver
lar
Açúcar
Ether
Reporter
Corpse
Dollar
Sugar

 

Words ending in X

rax
tex
Clímax
Chest
Latex
Climax

There are also paroxytone words that receive diacritics even though they don’t have the consonats we have just seen in the end. The paroxytone words ending in I, IS, UM and diphthongs such as IA, UA, IE, EA, IO. Let’s listen to them, and also read them in the subtitles:

Words ending in I, IS or UM

ri
xi
pis
Álbum
rum
Court
Taxi
Pencil
Album
Forum

 

Words ending in diphthong

Pocia
Macia
Maria
Água
ngua
gua
rie
Escie
Área
rea
Áurea
cio
Exercio
bio
Police
Malice
Subject
Water
Tongue
Ruler
Series
Species
Area
Aerial
Golden
Partner
Exercise
Fábio (typical Brazilian name)

Ok, guys? These are the rules of the paroxytone words in Portuguese. How about we practice a little?

Now it’s your turn!

Rewrite the words on our list using accent marks when necessary:

  • Cadeira
  • Abraço
  • Obvio
  • Amigo
  • Cemiterio
  • Confiavel
  • Paradoxo
  • Homem
  • Impar
  • Carater
  • Brinquedo
  • Reptil
  • Tenis
  • Menino
  • Fossil
  • Felicidade

That’s all for today, guys! Good luck with the exercise.
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We meet again on our next Dica of Portuguese for foreigners.
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Answers

  • Cadeira
  • Abraço
  • Óbvio
  • Amigo
  • Cemirio
  • Confiável
  • Paradoxo
  • Homem

  • Ímpar
  • Cater
  • Brinquedo
  • ptil
  • nis
  • Menino
  • Fóssil
  • Felicidade

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