Proparoxytones in Portuguese

example of usage for proparoxytones in portuguese: nossos alunos sempre se divertem ao máximo nas aulas.

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

Now, let’s check out the words from the video, and also other examples that follow the same rule. And remember! The best way to learn Portuguese is by immersion! So consider coming to Rio and learning Portuguese with us!

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Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Oxytones in Portuguese
Paroxytones in Portuguese
Accents in Portuguese

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