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Author Photo by: Della
Jan 03 2020, 2:14pm CST ~ 4 mos., 28 days ago. 
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Author Photo akosikoneho Badge: SupporterBadge: Serious SupporterBadge: VIP Supporter
Jan 03 2020, 2:31pm CST ~ 4 mos., 28 days ago. 
To quote TLDC's own stuff: "https://www.tagaloglessons.com/lessons/stress-accent-marks.php"
 
As far as I know the admins here are pretty consistent in using them in educational materials and using them correctly. Perhaps you've mistaken a change in accents to mean incorrect usage, but stress and glottals change and disappear based on other things that happen to the root word.
 
A quick look at the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino's FB page shows that even *they* aren't using the diacritics. The reality is that natives can, and do, use imperfect orthographies. Just look at English.
 
As a person who has lived in the Philippines since about 2017, I can say that I almost never see (nor do I expect) the diacritics. AFAIK the govt stopped using them in publications some time in the 1980s as well.
 
Once you learn what exactly the diacritics represent, you should be able to write them without having seen the word. If you're wanting to spell baba with the down stroke to mean chin, or baba with the circumflex to mean bottom, you'll know that the latter has a glottal x[baba?] so it gets the circumflex.
 
BAba, baBA? (xsampa for my convenience)
 
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Jan 03 2020, 3:17pm CST ~ 4 mos., 28 days ago. 
Hi @Della !
 
The accent marks are an educational tool, only. Accents are not written above vowels in common usage - if you pick up a newspaper, you won't see any accent marks there.
 
They're really important as a new student, though, to show you how to properly pronounce words. It will be a lot easier if you learn where the stress goes in a word from the beginning. If you pronounce a word with the stress in the wrong spot, it will be very, very difficult for a native speaker to understand you.
 
You can take a moment and review this page about accents -- it explains the above info and more. Let me know if you have follow up questions after reading:
www.tagaloglessons.c om/lessons/lesson.ph p?lesson_id=26&csid= 33
 
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