There are words in Spanish which change their meaning depending on if they do or do not have a written accent.
Let's look at "mi" vs "mí" in Spanish.
Mi in Spanish (no written accent)
Mi is a possessive adjective meaning "my".
- It has no written accent.
Bear in mind that if the possessive for my is plural, e.g. my parents, then it changes to mis (mis padres).
Mí in Spanish (written accent)
Mí is a pronoun meaning "me".
- It's always preceded by a preposition.
- It has a written accent.
A mí me gusta mucho el pescado a la plancha.I really like grilled fish. (Lit: grilled fish is pleasing to me)
We use the accent on the pronoun to differenciate it from the possessive adjective.
See also Difference between tú and tu in Spanish (you and your) (singular informal)
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