https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Berend

"Las instituciones"

January 4, 2013

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iago

I would disagree with you both.

February 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Berend

It seems that there is no strong difference in the use of institute and institution in the English language. Therefore "the institutes" should be correct, or am i missing something?

January 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FastAttack

Why does "instituciones" not have an accent, and "instituciĆ³n" does?

March 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iago

InstituciĆ³n doesn't follow the default pronunciation rules, so it needs to put an accent on the "O" to show that it carries the syllabic stress. The plural form doesn't need an accent over the o, because using the default pronunciation rules the "o" is already stressed in that word. You see this happen quite a bit with certain plurals.

March 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jbtaylor

Your comment is three months old, so you might already know this by now, but I'm commenting for others who might see this discussion.

The default emphasis in Spanish pronunciation is the next-to-last vowel sound in the word ("in-sti-tu-ti-ON-es"). I believe there are a few exceptions, but generally, if the stress is on any other syllable (as in "in-sti-tu-ti-ON"), it needs an accent mark over the vowel that is stressed.

July 6, 2013
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