Accented Monosyllables

This is a list of monosyllables that require a written accent mark in order not to be confused with similar words without accent mark.

Please note that in some cases the two words are pronounced differently, for example:

  1. "è"  (third person of the verb essere) is pronounced open
  2. "e" (conjunction)  is pronounced closed
  3. tè (name of plant and infusion) is pronounced open
  4. te (personal pronoun) is pronounced closed
ché conjunction (perché, poiché) because che pronoun that
verb dare he/she gives da preposition from
noun day di preposition of
è verb (to be) he/she/it is e conjunction and



la article the
adverb there li pronoun them


ne part.pron. of it
pronoun himself/herself se conjunction if
adverb yes si pronoun himself
noun tea te pronoun you

There are a few instances of monosyllables that are spelled exactly in the same way (without any accent mark) but have radically different origin and meaning. Context generally helps understand the correct meaning. Here are some examples:

do first person of the verb " dare" do the musical note C
fa third person of the verb "fare" fa the musical note F
mi personal pronoun mi the musical note E
re king (pronounced with open è) re the musical note D (pronounced with closed é)