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In Spanish the accent adds strength to the syllable/letter in which it is written.
But, sometimes an accent makes all the difference between two words, especially in written Spanish.
Spanish is not like Mandarin, though, where an accent will make a world of difference in the meaning of a word. In Spanish you will be understood, but it is important to know the difference so that you can sound and write more like a native speaker.
One of these words is the word si.
Without accent (si), it means if; with an accent (sí), it means yes.
The accented sí has other meanings. For example:
In the nuance of affirmation. It adds an emphasis:
Yo sí le dije I did tell him/her
Sí lo haré I will do it
It also is used to refer to the self. You will see this more in written Spanish, like in novels for example:
Pensó para sí He/she thought for himself/herself
El hombre tomó el collar para sí y se escondió desde ese momento para no ser visto más The man took the necklace for himself and went into hiding ever since, never to be seen again.
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Until next time 🙂