Accentuation is still one of the most difficult tasks when it comes to learning to write correctly, especially when there are words that are written the same but have different meanings, and the only thing that makes a difference is precisely an accent.
This is what happens with words like encouragement, encouragement and encouragement. That is why in this article we are going to see the differences of these three words and to learn how to write encouragement, encouragement or encouragement, depending on the context and what we want to say.
Main differences between mood, mood and animated
Before getting into the correct use of each of these three words, it is important to highlight the main difference between each of them:
- Animo : first person of the singular of the present indicative of the verb animar.
- Courage : attitude, disposition, temper, intention, courage, energy.
- Encouraged : third person of the singular of the simple past tense of the animate verb.
Next, we will talk in detail about each of these terms to fully understand when it is convenient to use or not each of them. Take note!
Meaning of animo sin tilde
"Animo", without tilde, comes from the verb " animar " (in Latin, animāre ) and is written only to designate the first person of the present indicative of the verb animar.
In this case, the strong blow of the term or tonic vowel is in the "i", pronouncing thus: "animo". This makes it a flat or serious word. However, the Spanish grammar determines that the plain words ending in "n", "s" or vowel do not have a tilde .
Example of phrases with encouragement
- "I encourage you to".
- "I always encourage those who need it."
- "If I do not encourage myself, in the end I will not do anything."
- "Yoga is very good for your health, I encourage everyone to try it at least once."
As we can see, "encourage", without an accent, it is only right to use it to talk about an action performed in the first person of the animate verb. Any other use given to "encourage", without tilde, would be incorrect.
Meaning of mood with tilde
When we speak of "encouragement", with tilde in "a", we refer to the term pertaining to anĭmus of Latin and ἄνεμος of Greek, whose meaning is "blow".
Unlike "encourage", without tilde, "mood" not a verbal conjugation, but an attitude, a psychic condition that can be both positive and negative, depending on the context and / or the user. Sometimes it can be synonymous with "(have) desire" .
Ánimo has a tonic vowel in the "a ", which makes it an esdrújula word, therefore, it must have an accent .
Example of phrases with encouragement
- "I see you with the intention of working today."
- "Up that encourage!".
- "Yesterday I had very low spirits, I hope today is better."
- "Traveling improves the mood of anyone!"
As we can see, it is easy to know when to write "mood" with an accent in the "a". In fact, it is the only term that has no relation to the verb "animate". That is, this word is not an action, but, as we said, an attitude.
Meaning of animó
On the other hand, "animated", with an accent on the "o", also comes from the animate verb. Its conjugation, however, is this time in the past, specifically in the third person of the singular of the simple past tense of the verb animate .
In this case, the animated tonic vowel is in the "o", which makes it a sharp word and, since the highs ending in "n", "s" or vowel are accentuated, "encouraged" must necessarily carry accent in the "o".
Example of phrases with animated
- "Yesterday I was very down and he encouraged me a lot."
- "He encouraged me by just coming to see me."
- "I knew he did not have the courage at all, so he came to see me and he did not leave until he encouraged me."
As we can see, it is easy to identify when to write "animated" with a tilde in the "o" . In this way, it would be wrong in this context to write "encouragement" or "encouragement".
Other frequent doubts
Now that you know how to write encouragement, encouragement or encouragement, you may also be interested in one of these other frequent questions related to accentuation in Spanish are:
- How do you write me or me
- How do you write yourself or you
- How to write cocktail, cocktail or cocktail