Crème Brûlée. Maté. Pokémon.
What ties these words together? They are my indulgent vices. Additionally, they all feature an accented e.
What does that tiny accent, nevertheless, actually mean? What’s its name? What sound does it make? How do we type it on a keyboard, then?
We’ll respond to all of those queries in this article. Read on!
Why Does É Mean?
An acute accent is a little mark that appears above the letter é. This symbol signifies that the letter should be pronounced differently.
Although we’re concentrating on the letter é for this article, acute accents can go above any other vowel if they’re required.
Other terms that use é frequently include the following:
The acute accent can be found in many languages for a variety of reasons, but it is most frequently found in English when terms are acquired from French.
Most frequently for the purpose of conciseness (or perhaps because the writer didn’t read this article and hence didn’t know how to type the symbol), you might see these words without the accents.
Although it’s still theoretically accurate for many words, using the accent is the most accurate approach. Later on in this essay, we’ll demonstrate how to apply an accent.
These words may also appear with multiple additional accent marks, as in “pâté” or “piece de résistance.”
The semantics of some will be discussed, although, for the most part, one acute accent mark is sufficient—the other accent marks are frequently not required.
Even though a word has two acute accents, as in “résumé,” it is usually appropriate to reduce the number of accents to one, “resumé.”
If you’re unsure, a fast web or dictionary search can usually provide the solution.
What Sound Does É Make?
The words we’ve used thus far should serve as a good indicator: é typically produces the sound “ay.” Consider the following examples written phonetically:
Touché (two-shay) (two-shay)
Consider the acute accent as a dash of spice that gives these common letters a bit extra taste.
The acute accent may occasionally be added to words that don’t typically require it.
When a writer wishes to give letters that don’t typically get attention more prominence, they most frequently do this for poetic reasons.
The accent can potentially be placed over any vowel, but remember that the reader will rapidly become weary of them if you overuse them. Think of this illustration:
She crossed the kitchen by stepping on áir and using light féet.
Although I’m not a poet, you get the point. The writing in this type is tedious (not to mention it looks pretentious). Use accents when necessary, but only sometimes, if ever, for poetic effect.
ProWritingAid will shield us from such foolishness, which is fortunate for us writers.
On a Keyboard, how Do I Type É?
Depending on your operating system, there are different answers to this query. Here are a few of the most well-known ones.
On Mac Os, how Do I Type É?
This one is very simple. When a menu appears above the letter, continue holding down the e key. There is a number that corresponds to every accented variant of the letter e.
To type é, press the number 2 on your keyboard while holding down the e key. Hold “shift” while choosing your vowel as you normally would if you want a capital.
On Windows, how Do I Type É?
In my perspective, this approach is a little more antiquated. To receive the letter you want, you must type a three-number code while holding down the “alt” key. To achieve this, utilize the usual number keys on your keyboard or your numeric keypad. Our letter’s designation is coded as 130. The rest are as follows:
- á is 160
- í is 161
- ó is 162
- ú is 163
Because of this, I use a Mac.
What Is the Microsoft Office É Key?
Surprisingly, this one resembles Mac more than Windows. Hold “Ctrl,” press the apostrophe key, release “Ctrl,” then press “e” to type “é” in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or Outlook (or your letter of choice).
In Google Docs, how Do I Type É?
You can make accented characters in Google Docs without pressing a single key, however, it’s a little of a workaround. Select “Special characters” under “Insert” in the main navigation.
Click to put the accented letter into your document after searching for e or the chosen letter. The accented letter can even be drawn on your trackpad, which is a really cool trick.
On I Os, how Do I Type É?
These days’ iPhones make this simple. Simply tap and hold the desired vowel while texting until a string of further characters displays.
After that, move your finger to the one with the sharp emphasis and let go. (Since they’re very close to each other, take care not to accidentally choose the grave accent. That one will be explained shortly.)
On an Android, how Can I Type É?
Contrary to iOS, Android lacks built-in support for accented characters. But there are apps for that—quite a few of them, in fact.
Simply search for “smart keyboard” in your app store. Choose the one you choose, install it, and use acute or other accents as necessary.
(I’ll agree, phones are a pain because your recipients won’t likely notice the é in “resumé” if you text them or tweet them.) But to be comprehensive, I’ve included these instructions.)
What Is the Fastest Way to Get to É?
I have a trick for you because some of these keystrokes are challenging to remember (or just plain annoying).
Simple: just copy and paste. You should have access to this option wherever you write.
If you have access to the internet, try Googling “e with an accent” (or the appropriate letter) and then copying and pasting the results. Even for this essay, I employed this strategy!
What Sets Apart the Letters É, And?
As we’ve already covered, an acute accent is an accent that appears above the first e in the sentence above. A grave accent is an accent that appears above the second e in the previous list.
The grave accent, which is almost exclusively used in French, designates letters that should be quiet rather than pronounced with an “eh” sound. However, as this essay is about English, we won’t go any further. Similar situations can also occur in French. Enough said to say that é (sharp accent) is usually always preferred to è when writing in English (grave accent).
A circumflex accent, ê, is an e with a small carrot on top. The circumflex designates a letter that, in earlier spellings, had another letter after it but has since been eliminated in modern spelling. The next letter is typically an “s.” As a result, the word “fête” originally meant “feste,” as in “festival,” which is where the term’s definition originates from.
Let’s now have a look at it. Depending on the context, the two dots above the e in this sentence could either represent an umlaut or a diaeresis. The difference is extensive and not the subject of this essay, but if you’re interested in learning more, check out this article.
One of the least common punctuation marks in English is the acute emphasis on the letter e. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to understand when and how to use it. We sincerely hope that this material was beneficial in that regard!