The Importance of the Accent
The accent marks the correct syllable pronunciation of a word, but its importance is also in verb conjugation and grammar structuring. For example, many Spanish verbs are conjugated from Present Simple to Past Simple simply by adding an accent to one of the syllables.
In the verb ‘To drink’ (Tomar): I drink (Tomo) He drank (Tomó)
The accent in this example switches a first-person singular (I) conjugated verb in present tense to a third-person singular (he) past tense form. At this stage there is no need to familiarize ourselves with these forms, given here solely for clarification purposes.