What do Greek accents do?

Hi, I was just wondering what role accents play in the Greek language. I know how French uses accents to change how something is pronounced (or mark where letters have been removed) and Spanish accents show the stressed syllable, and I was just wondering if there was an equivalent in Greek. That's all, thanks.

January 3, 2018


The accent in Greek (there is only one) shows the stressed syllable.

January 3, 2018

Modern Greek has only ONE accent, that is placed above the accented vowels, and it looks like this: ά,έ, ή, ί, ό, ύ, ώ. The accent goes on one of the three last syllables. Accents help you give emphasis to the right syllable. E.g. “βιβλίο” (veevLEEo), ''μιλώ'' (meeLO) etc.

  • Capital letters can take accents ONLY on the first letter. However, it can be omitted. E.g ΌΧΙ / ΟΧΙ (Ohee), but ΕΣΥ (eSEE).

One syllable words usually don't have accents. ναι nay (yes). But there are a few exceptions.

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January 3, 2018

Thanks a lot for the clarification!

January 3, 2018

In Ancient Greek, there were three accents. Grave, circumflex, and acute. It seems like as time wore on, grave and circumflex disappeared. In ancient Greek, it showed what syllables were stressed (there are a whole bunch of rules that I won't get into, it took me a year to learn them and I still don't understand them sometimes). From what I've seen, only words with more than one syllables have accents, but those with one syllable don't. Also, there can't be more than one accent in one word. Hope this helped. :)

January 4, 2018

Please refer to my comment above. In Modern Greek, there is only one accent as you say. Most one-syllable words do not have accents but there are a few, though very important, exceptions. In addition, there are a few times where a word can have more than one accent but those are even fewer situations which you will easily learn in practice.

January 4, 2018

Ah I see now. Thanks for the correction. :)

January 5, 2018
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