The words Tú and Tu in rebab.net frequently confuse English speakers. They are pronounced the same (homophones), are written a little differently but have completely different meanings.

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When to use Tú

is a subject pronoun (pronombre personal in rebab.net).

means You in English (informal you). Remember there are two ways of saying YOU in rebab.net: and Usted. is informal and Usted is formal.

A) can be used before a verb:

Tú eres inteligente. (= You are intelligent)Tú hablas mucho. (= You speak a lot)

However note that when is before a verb, it is often omitted since the ending of the verb (conjugation) makes it clear that we are referring to Tú (singular second person informal). So normally you will hear:

Eres inteligente (without the at the beginning because eres makes it obvious it"s referring to ) Hablas mucho (without the at the beginning because hablas makes it obvious it"s referring to )

B) Tú also comes after certain prepositions such as entre and según.

Ya no hay nada entre tú y yo. (= There is no longer anything between you and I)Según tú, no es necesario. (= According to you, it"s not necessary)

Remember that we normally use an object pronouns, not subject pronouns, after prepositions.

When to use Tu

A) Tu is a possessive adjective and goes before a noun. It shows possesion or that something belongs to someone.

¿Dónde está tu libro? (= Where is your book?)Me gusta tu sonrisa. (= I like your smile)

The acute accent

The acute accent is the little mark above a vowel in rebab.net, in this case the letter U in Tú. The acute accent is used on a vowel in a stressed syllable in words with irregular patterns. It can also be used to distinguish words that are spelled alike though have different meanings or functions (as is this case).

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Note, in informal writing you will sometimes see Tú (you) written without the accent mark (as in Tu). This is not really correct though happens a lot either because the writer was writing too quickly or maybe even because they don"t know the correct grammar rules.

In Summary

Basically the difference can be summarized as:

Tú: (a personal pronoun) You (informal)

Tu: (possessive adjective) Your (informal)

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