Write “tu” and “tú” right every time.

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The best solution to know when “tú” needs accent is to think about a person. “Tú” is the other person you are communicating with. Actually, “tú” means “you” in singular. Nothing else.

Let us see some examples:

No sé , pero a mí no me gusta el clima frío.
I don’t know about
you, but I don’t like cold weather.

eres el mejor candidato para este puesto.
You are the best candidate for this position.

Creo que fuiste.
I think it was
you.

Entre y yo.
Between
you and me.

The word “tú” is the Spanish pronoun for the singular mode of the English pronoun “you”.

You = Tú (singular)

When you write “tú” you are mentioning another person by its pronoun.

Características principales de “tú”:

  • Es un pronombre personal: designa a una persona.
  • Designa a la persona a la que se dirige quien habla o escribe.

Pronoun “you” in singular is “tú” in Spanish. That simple!

Tu

Now, we have a different word. “Tu” means “your” in singular, and doesn’t have anything to do with “tú”. Nothing at all.

Here are some examples:

Don’t forget your passport.
No olvides
tu pasaporte.

I can’t find your office.
No puedo encontrar
tu oficina.

Your family was very nice.
Tu familia fue muy amable.

The word “tu” is the Spanish possessive adjective for the singular mode of the English adjective “your”.

Your = Tu (singular)

When you write “tu” you are mentioning something that belongs to the other person.

Características principales de “tu”:

  • Es un adjetivo posesivo: nombra la relación de posesión que tiene una persona sobre algo.
  • Es un adjetivo que nombra la relación de pertenencia entre una persona y otra.

Adjective “your” in singular is “tu” in Spanish. That simple!

Now, to compare, let us see some examples using pronoun “tú” and adjective “tu”:

Your family was very nice, just like you.
Tu familia fue muy amable, igual que .

Between you and me, your dog behaves much better than his.
Entre
y yo, tu perro se comporta mucho mejor que el de él.

I think it was you. But your teacher will let you know if you won.
Creo que fuiste
. Pero tu maestro te dejará saber si ganaste.

Tip:

Pronoun “Tú” means “you” (singular).
Adjective “Tu” means “your” (singular).
“Tú” and “tu” are two different words.

If you still doubt about “tu” and “tú” writing, no worries. Send me a message below, under comments. I’ll be happy to help you!

References:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/your

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