IVSTINIANVS wrote: The examples calvinist gives are good, but there are many, many more, and some very subtle.
Also, for instance, [face=SPIonic]ei)=mi[/face]
- these two verb forms are (i think) essential to know and impossible to tell apart without the accent. For verbs in general, i find it is easiest to remember the instances when accents are *not* recessive, and for nouns it's easiest to just learn where the accent goes as you learn the vocab.
That having been said, i still have trouble with accents sometimes
- it's not easy! When i write Greek prose i almost always have to double check that my accents are right. However, keeping the exceptions in mind helps when reading (for word identification). Last quarter my Greek Prof. wrote 3 words on the board (all spelled the same) with different accentuation as a demonstration of the importance of accents for identification. (i'll have to go find his example, it was a good one).
On the other hand, a lot of accent-familiarity will come with practice. My recommendation is to not forget about them entirely, but also not to get stuck/frustrated when you can't remember if the accent for a word goes over the penault or the ultima - you will get it eventually.