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English term or phrase:fue - with or without accent?
Spanish translation:fue
Entered by: Andrea Bullrich
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13:54 Sep 4, 2001
English to Spanish translations [PRO]
English term or phrase: fue - with or without accent?
This is a point of great contention between myself and my Spanish-speaking colleagues. When does fue take an accent on the "e"? I NEVER use an accent, but my Cuban and Colombian colleagues ALWAYS do. Who is right? Is this a question of different regional usage? Does it depend on context? Please help put an end to this bitter debate!!!
smudge
¡lo encontré!
Explanation:
Encontré el dato que me faltaba. Te copio del Diccionario de María Moliner:
"Las Nuevas Normas de Prosodia y Ortografía publicadas el 1° de enero de 1959 establecen como norma general que no se acentúe ningún monosílabo (salvo los comprendidos en el párrafo j) -que, agrego, es el del uso para la diferenciación de significados- y que, por tanto, dejen de acentuarse "fue, fui, vio, dio" que antes se acentuaban.
Ahora me quedo más tranquila... : )
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Andrea Bullrich
Local time: 13:27
Grading comment
As always, it's tough to have to choose one answer alone; receiving 11 contributions to the discussion made it all the richer. So I thank you all! for confirming my own thoughts and helping me understand how the differing views of my colleagues may have come about in the first place. Thanks!!
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Summary of answers provided
na +2fue
Andrea Bullrich
na +2¡lo encontré!
Andrea Bullrich
na +2WE ALL AGREE!
Parrot
na +1It used to, and you may find this in some books before 1940.
Parrot
na +1fue
Cecilia Gowar
na +1Without
Patricia Lutteral
na +1Fue
Leliadoura
naWithoutGabriela Tenenbaum
naSIN acento
Noony
naNo lleva acento escritoxxxOso
naNo accent for me
lcmolinari


  

Answers


7 mins
No accent for me


Explanation:
I am not a native Spanish speaker, but in all my years of studying, reading novels, seeing movies, newspapers anything imaginable written, I have never see FUE with an accent. I have spent extensive time in Costa Rica, Bolivia and Chile, so at least in those countries they don't use an accent.

Really, I don't see why it would - it doesn't need one. Spanish stress rules already dictate that the natural accent will fall where it does because it's a diphthong. And it wouldn't take an accent like 'que' 'qué' because that is to differentiate the two words. As far as I know FUE does not have another meaning other than the past tense of ES.

There's my 2 cents...

lcmolinari
Canada
Local time: 11:27
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 58
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9 mins
Without


Explanation:
The word "fue" doesn't take any "tilde".

In some parts of Latinamerican countries it used to, but DEFINITELY it doesn't now. So, it is FUE.

Anyway THERE are some words that do and you should put it.
In the reference there is a nice page to see about the topic.


Hope it helps!

Saludos #:)


    Reference: http://www.unites.uqam.ca/langues/esp/lan3250/gramatica/acen...
Gabriela Tenenbaum
Uruguay
Local time: 13:27
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10 mins peer agreement (net): +1
Fue


Explanation:
Los monosílabos sólo se acentúan cuando su significado puede confundir, es decir, cuando el significado varía según el contexto.
Por ejemplo: mi casa / para mí; el niño /él juega.
Fue sólo tiene un significado posible y, por tanto no se acentúa.
Un saludo.

Leliadoura
Local time: 17:27
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 684

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Henry Hinds: Tiene dos m'hija (ser - ir) pero aún así, no lleva acento.
3 hrs
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11 mins
SIN acento


Explanation:
According to the Real Academia De La Lengua it does NOT take it, not ever since the 18th century. But this Academy is centered in SPain and the peninsular castillian. Anyway, it is WITHOUT an accent in Spanish from Spain.

Noony
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15 mins
No lleva acento escrito


Explanation:
Las palabras monosílabas no llevan acento ortográfico (o escrito), ya que en ellas no es preciso señalar en cuál de las sílabas es mayor la intensidad de la articulación. De acuerdo con esto se escriben sin acento ortográfico las palabras:
pan, vas, doy, fe, pie, así como las normas verbales :
fue, fui, dio y vio.

Buena suerte y saludos de Oso ¶:^)


    Diccionario de dudas/Manuel Seco
xxxOso
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19 mins peer agreement (net): +1
Without


Explanation:
Laura is absolutely right. She is also lucky for not having come across any "fué"; it is as frequent as it is wrong!

Next time, show this to your colleagues:

F. Palabras monosilábicas.

1.° Los monosílabos dotados do acento de intensidad (para los monosílabos inacentuados, véase el § 1.5.4), con algunas excepciones que veremos después, se escriben sin tilde: ¡ah!, ya, pian (en la locución pian, piano), vais, guay; fe, pie, cien, diez, ley, buey, fue; ti, muy, ruin 41, Luis; ¡o! interjección (escrita hoy normalmente oh), no, yo, boj, dos, dio, vio, Dios, voy; ¡uf!, cruz, mus.
http://www.el-castellano.com/esbacent.html

By the way, it is a very interesting website.

Best regards,

Patricia

Patricia Lutteral
Argentina
Local time: 13:27
Native speaker of: Spanish
PRO pts in pair: 1564

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agree  bea0
59 mins
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22 mins peer agreement (net): +2
fue


Explanation:
Los monosílabos no llevan tilde excepto en los casos en que se usa para diferenciar significados (como el si condicional, que no lleva acento, del sí afirmativo, que sí lo lleva).
Creo que la confusión parte de que esta disposición de la Real Academia Española (el site aparece abajo) es relativamente nueva (mediados del siglo pasado, diría 1950 y algo, pero no te lo puedo precisar). A esto se debe que el uso, por lo menos en la Argentina, se conserve entre la gente más bien mayor.
HTH


    Reference: http://www.rae.es/
Andrea Bullrich
Local time: 13:27
Native speaker of: Spanish
PRO pts in pair: 1650

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Lorenzo Elizalde: en España en los años sesenta-setenta todavía algún profesor mío todavía lo acentuabahabía gente que lo acentuaba
1 hr
  -> Claro, a la gente (y especialmente a la gente culta) le llevó tiempo "renunciar" a la norma anterior : )

agree  Eleonora Hantzsch
1 hr
  -> Gracias, Eleonora!
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27 mins peer agreement (net): +1
It used to, and you may find this in some books before 1940.


Explanation:
But long before the last orthographic rules published by the Real Academia (1996, I believe) the rules explained by my colleagues were already in force, and monosyllabic words were unaccented (except in the cases mentioned by Laura and Patricia).

Parrot
Spain
Local time: 17:27
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 330

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  bea0
48 mins
  -> My father accented them (le entraron con sangre, dice).
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42 mins peer agreement (net): +1
fue


Explanation:
"Fue" es el pretérito perfecto simple de indicativo, tercera persona del singular, de los verbos ser e ir. En ambos casos se escribe sin tilde.
Así consta en los diccionarios y gramáticas de la lengua castellana.
Es una palabra monosilábica, con un diptongo acentuado en la vocal fuerte (si lo fuera en la débil, llevaría tilde).


Cecilia Gowar
United Kingdom
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 1336

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Gregorio Melean: Right. "Fue" does not have a graphic accent. Look at http://www.angelcities.com/members/gmelean/spanish_tips.html
1 hr
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44 mins peer agreement (net): +2
¡lo encontré!


Explanation:
Encontré el dato que me faltaba. Te copio del Diccionario de María Moliner:
"Las Nuevas Normas de Prosodia y Ortografía publicadas el 1° de enero de 1959 establecen como norma general que no se acentúe ningún monosílabo (salvo los comprendidos en el párrafo j) -que, agrego, es el del uso para la diferenciación de significados- y que, por tanto, dejen de acentuarse "fue, fui, vio, dio" que antes se acentuaban.
Ahora me quedo más tranquila... : )

Andrea Bullrich
Local time: 13:27
Native speaker of: Spanish
PRO pts in pair: 1650
Grading comment
As always, it's tough to have to choose one answer alone; receiving 11 contributions to the discussion made it all the richer. So I thank you all! for confirming my own thoughts and helping me understand how the differing views of my colleagues may have come about in the first place. Thanks!!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  bea0: Excelente.
33 mins
  -> Thanks! : )

agree  TENSALCEDO: Correcto
19 hrs
  -> Gracias! : )
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2 hrs peer agreement (net): +2
WE ALL AGREE!


Explanation:
and that's important.

Parrot
Spain
Local time: 17:27
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 330

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Andrea Bullrich: No small feat, right? : )))
5 mins
  -> In proz.com and in the Spanish section, this is fantastic!

agree  Gabriela Tenenbaum: of course! THAT'S the point: to discuss and (eventually) agree! #:))
12 hrs
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