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Les accents (accents in French)

The accents change the pronunciation of a word and sometimes signal (in the case of the accent circonflexe) the " history" of a word, or that a letter used to be there. An example of changed pronunciation would be "ça va." The cédille changes the "c" to the sound of an "s." An example of showing the history would be "hôpital," because an "s" used to be after the "o." (Ella)