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!

December 15, 2012


Tem = He/She/It/You (has) Têm = They/You All (have)

December 16, 2012


May 25, 2013

Do they have a different pronunciation, or does one get the meaning, when hearing it spoken, only by the context of the sentence?

January 4, 2013

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)

January 5, 2013

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! :)

January 5, 2013

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.

January 11, 2013

Obrigada whiteuil

May 25, 2013

Boa pergunta - obrigada

May 25, 2013

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.

May 25, 2013

Right, a meter HAS, so singular. :)

May 25, 2013


May 25, 2013

I believe têm is plural, ie. Eles têm and tem is singular ele tem. I am just guessing, but it looks good to me.

December 13, 2013

Meu amigo tem um gato bonito.Meus amigos têm muita sorte aqui.

October 22, 2013

Remember: Don't use tem with I and têm with we.

January 30, 2014

Use tenho for I and temos for we.

January 30, 2014
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