Esdrújula: The Spanish word that needs an accent mark at all times.

We are going to focus this time on the Spanish word that needs an accent mark at all times—the word with third-to-last-syllable stress. These words have a name in Spanish:

Palabras esdrújulas

Llámanos, comunícate, contáctanos, sábado, película, económico.

Write the accent mark over the stressed vowel that belongs the third-to-last syllable.

Cámara, página, gráfica, América, teléfono, número, rápido.

Tip

Palabras esdrújulas:
Third-to-last-syllable stress => Word needs accent mark

Here’s a group of some palabras esdrújulas:

Académico, aéreo, antibiótico, aromático, brócoli, cálido, cámara, célebre, círculo, clásico, código, cómodo, cónyuge, década, déficit, depósito, didáctico, ecológico, eléctrico, fantástico, héroe, hígado, imágenes, infórmate, lógico, máquina, mecánico, México, miércoles, obstáculo, oxígeno, paréntesis, penúltimo, plátano, satélite, técnica, término.

You don’t have to wonder if your palabra esdrújula needs an accent mark, because an esdrújula word always needs an accent mark. This is the only requirement your word should meet:

Third-to-last-syllable stress

Easy to follow Spanish writing tip!

Tip

Words with stress on the third-to-last syllable need accent mark.

But, what about words that have the stress on the fourth-to-last syllable? In Spanish, we call these words sobresdrújulas. And some words have the stress on the fifth-to-last syllable!

Here are some sobresdrújulas words:

Cálidamente, coméntaselo, consíguemelo, cuéntaselo, dándoselos, débilmente, descuéntamelo, difícilmente, dígaselo, específicamente, espontáneamente, esporádicamente, fácilmente, fríamente, infórmeselo, inútilmente, lógicamente, llévatelo, prácticamente, rápidamente, recomiéndaselo, regálaselo, súbitamente, técnicamente, tecnológicamente, tráeselo, últimamente.

Palabras sobresdrújulas need an accent mark as well! And the only requirement they need is to have the stress on the fourth or fifth-to-last syllable. Easy Spanish tip!

Tip

Words with stress on the fourth or fifth-to-last syllable need an accent mark.

And now let’s see some words that might confuse you because they have two vowels together. Here’s a list of words with vowels next to each other that are esdrújulas, and also need accent mark:

aéreo
a/é/re/o

créeme
cré/e/me

coágulo
co/á/gu/lo

cuídate
cuí/da/te

diálogo
diá/lo/go

farmacéutico
far/ma/céu/ti/co

fríamente
frí/a/men/te

héroe
hé/ro/e

miércoles
miér/co/les

océano
océ/a/no

Remember this Spanish writing tip:

Palabras esdrújulas and sobresdrújulas:
Third-to-last-syllable stress => Word needs accent mark
Fourth or fifth-to-last-syllable stress => Word needs accent mark

If you would like to learn more about accent marks, click on the links to words with last syllable stress and words with second-to-last-syllable stress.

If you have any questions about accent marks in Spanish, or about any other word you want to write in Spanish, don’t forget that you can ask me under comments. More than happy to answer your questions.

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