Hello there! Today, we will review the proparoxytones in Portuguese. This might sound like a difficult part of our grammar, but relax, Rio & Learn has your back! Remember, if you want to continuing reviewing this topic and related ones, we advise you to take a look at out Dica about paroxytones and oxytones.
What are Proparoxytones in Portuguese?
Proparoxytone words are those that have the antepenultimate stressed syllable. Thus, they differ from paroxytones, which have the penultimate stressed syllable, and from oxytones, whose last syllable is stressed. The tonic accent of a term is not always accompanied by a graphic accent, but proparoxytones always have a graphic accent, without exception.
Tonic Stress Versus Diacritics
Tonic stress: with the exception of unstressed monosyllables, all words in the Portuguese language have a stressed syllable. This means that one syllable of these words is pronounced with more intensity. This is called tonic accentuation. Thus, the stressed syllable is opposed to the unstressed syllable.
Graphic accentuation: the tonic accentuation of a word is not always accompanied by a graphic accentuation, as there are specific grammatical rules for this.
Watch the Explanation from our Teacher
One of our teachers will now explain the proparoxytones and show us some examples. You can watch this video Dica with Portuguese, English or Spanish subtitles.
Examples of Proparoxytone Words
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