Paroxytone in Portuguese

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Hi guys! Today we are going to discuss paraxytone in Portuguese. Paroxytone words are the words where the strongest syllable is the second-to-last one. What is the strongest syllable? The stressed one, which sound the loudest in a word. They are the biggest group of words in the Portuguese language. So let’s dive deeper into this theme and learn more about it!

Paroxytone Words without Diacritics in Portuguese

Now, Moisés, one of our teachers from Rio & Learn, is going to tell us more about paroxytones to begin with, and explain a bit about the paroxytones without diacritics. Don’t forget to turn the English subtitles on if needed:

Let’s review the examples of paraxytone words without diacritics:

AjudaHelp
MultaTicket
VeraVera
AtitudeAttitude
ChuvaRain
AlicatePliers
SistemaSystem

Paroxytone Words with Diacritics in Portuguese

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 to turn on the subtitles:

Remember: if you want to study this and many other subjects in Portuguese, consider studying with us online! Now, let’s review not only the examples given during the video, but also some other examples of paroxytones ending in consonants:

Words Ending in L

cilEasy
DicilDifficult
ResponvelResponsible
AvelLovely
ÚtilUseful
tilFutile
DeplovelDeplorable
CônsulConsul

Words Ending in N

fenHyphen
ÉdenEden
lenPollen
AbmenAbdomen
GlútenGluten

Words Ending in R

ÉterEther
RerterReporter
CaverCorpse
larDollar
AçúcarSugar
CâncerCancer
NéctarNectar

Words Ending in X

raxChest
texLatex
ClímaxClimax
nixPhoenix

Special Cases with Diacritics

There are also paroxytone words that receive diacritics even though they don’t have the consonants we have just seen in the end. Let’s listen to them, and also read them in the subtitles:

Let’s review not only the examples given during the video, but also some other examples of paroxytones with special cases:

Words Ending in à or ÃS

ÓrOrphan (singular feminine)
ÍMagnet
ÓrfãsOrphans (plural feminine)

Words Ending in ÃO or ÃOS

ÓrfãoOrphan (singular masculine)
BênçãoBlessing
ÓrfãosOrphans (plural masculine)

Words Ending in I or IS

riCourt
xiTaxi
pisPencil
ÍrisIris
nisPenis

Words Ending in ON or ONS

NêutronNeutron
ElétronElectron
ElétronsElectrons

Ending in PS

cepsBiceps
TrícepsTriceps
FórcepsForceps

Words Ending in UM or UNS

ÁlbumAlbum
diumMedium
rumForum
runsForums

Ending in US

ÔnusOnus
VírusVirus
VênusVenus

Words Ending in Diphthong

PociaPolice
MaciaMalice
MariaSubject
ÁguaWater
nguaTongue
guaRuler
rieSeries
EscieSpecies
ÁreaArea
reaAerial
ÁureaGolden
cioPartner
ExercioExercise
bioFábio (typical Brazilian name)

Exercise for Paroxytone in Portuguese

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

CadeiraImpar
AbraçoCarater
ObvioBrinquedo
AmigoReptil
CemiterioTenis
ConfiavelMenino
ParadoxoFossil
HomemFelicidade

That’s all for today, guys! Good luck with the exercise. If you have doubts about words or anything related to Portuguese don’t hesitate to send us a tweet.

We meet again on our next Dica of Portuguese for foreigners.
XOXO

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Proparoxytone Words
Oxytone Words
Accents in Portuguese

Answers

CadeiraÍmpar
AbraçoCater
ÓbvioBrinquedo
Amigoptil
Cemirionis
ConfiávelMenino
ParadoxoFóssil
HomemFelicidade

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