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Les lettres muettes

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Letter omissions

We don’t pronounce “s,” “c,” “t,” “x,” “d,” “p,” “f,” “l,” “g,” and “z” when they are the last letter(s) of a word. But there are exceptions.

œuf

Trop

Sang

Riz

Chocolat

Banc

Pied

Melons

Heureux

Gentil


We will pronounce “s,” “c,” “t,” “d,” “p,” “f,” “l,” and “g” when an “e follows them.” The “e” is silent, but there are exceptions.

Grande

Verte

Large

Serveuse

Parle

Caprice

Type

Elfe

Note
If the letters are followed by an “é” or an “è,” we pronounce “ey.” e.g., Parlé.

Links

When a consonant follows a vowel or an “h,” we link the consonant with the vowel. There are exceptions.

Mon petit ami “mon peti-t-ami”



Compulsory links

When “les,” “des,” “nous,” “vous,” “ils,” or “elles” are followed by a word starting with a vowel or an “h,” we use a “z” link.

Vous vous appelez Paul “vous vous -z-appelez Paul”

Ils (z)ont un chien “ils -z-ont un chien”

Note
The “s” at the end of “les,” “des,” “nous,” “vous,” “ils,” or “elles” is silent.



Non-compulsory links

Links are here to avoid going down (sloping) in the middle of a sentence because it is not something native French speakers do, as a result, sometimes links are not needed.

Tu vas au parc.





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