Tem with and without accent
Hi - I'm confused as to why sometimes I see tem without accent, and sometimes with? Can someone explain to me the rule? Thanks!
Do they have a different pronunciation, or does one get the meaning, when hearing it spoken, only by the context of the sentence?
They have the same pronunciation. The accent distinguishes singular/plural, in this case. Ex.: Ela tem um carro (She has a car). | Eles têm um carro (They have a car)
Thank you. I appreciate the knowledge. I had read somewhere that you elongate the 'e' sound when there is the accent... like "tem" or "teem" Appreciate the help! :)
I'm afraid but that's not correct, delvi. The pronunciation is exactly the same! The only way to distinguish between the two forms is by the context or the pronoun the is being used (ELE, ELA tem; ELES, ELAS têm). All the verbs derived from TER are conjugated the same way, but the 3rd person singular uses an accent (ele obtÉm, eles obtêm). The pronunciation doesn't change, the accent only indicates the person speaking.
Ter: ele tem, eles têm (No accent)
Obter: ele obtém, eles obtém (with accent) Reter: ele retém, eles retêm Conter: ele contém, eles contêm
and so on.
I'm really glad someone posted this question. I was confused about "Nós sabemos quantos centímetros tem um metro." There is no accent, but then I realized "tem" is the verb for metro instad of centímetros. Is that why there is no accent here? At first, I thought it should have an accept because of centímetros. Thanks.
I believe têm is plural, ie. Eles têm and tem is singular ele tem. I am just guessing, but it looks good to me.