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Spanish word confusion

I have some questions about Spanish. I hope someone can help me out with this.

According to http://www.magickeys.com/books/riddles/words.html , "homonyms are words that sound alike but have different meanings." One type of homonym is homographs, "words that are spelled the same but have different meanings," like "picture." Picture can mean "a photograph or drawing," or it could mean "to imagine something." Do you know of any homographs in Spanish (other than words like "el" and él)? The reason for this question is this: While "él nada" means "he swims," "de nada" means "you're welcome." But if "de" is "of," as in cinco de mayo, and "nada" is "nothing," how would I say "of nothing" without saying "you're welcome"? No one would really say "of nothing," but you get the idea. (Check this out: https://translate.google.com/#en/es/of%20nothing.%0Ayou're%20welcome.)

My second question is probably asked many times, but are words with accents pronounced differently than their accented counterparts? Example: el and él

Thanks for any help!

4 years ago

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You're getting a few replies on homonyms, so I'll respond to your other questions.

You can tell that "de nada" means "you're welcome" or "from nothing" based on context:
Gracias por el regalo. De nada. Thank you for the gift. You're welcome.
Lo hizo de nada. He made it out of nothing.

Words with accents are only pronounced differently than their unaccented counterparts when the accent changes the stress of the syllables. For example:
el and él are pronounced the same, as are tu and tú
hablo and habló are pronounced differently (HABlo and habLO)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eduardo_AG

great comment, just a little correction

  • Lo hizo de nada. Wrong

  • Lo hizo de la nada. ;)

4 years ago

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Oh, darn! And thank you :)

4 years ago

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llama (animal), llama (flame), llama (3 person of the verb call)

4 years ago

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There are several. Masa, como come to mind.

4 years ago

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Vino and vino (wine and the past preterite tense of come)

4 years ago

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there is a lot of them

  • Tomo (tome), Tomo (I take), Tomó (He took)

  • cómo (how), como (I eat), como (as or like)

4 years ago

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Thanks everyone!

4 years ago