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AvasiesB1Kwiziq community member

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In what circumstances is AI pronounced as é and not è?

Asked 3 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Avasies,

This is a very interesting question. It will depend on where you are based in France and also where you grew up in France.

To supplement Jim's excellent answer, follow the links below: 

Devrais - Devrai    /    pronunciation of 'ai'   /   AI and AIS (partner website)

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Avasies,

For é  think of the English pronunciation of the word "bear"    French example "année"

For è  think of the English pronunciation of the word "bed"    French example "père"

Hope this helps.

Sorry I've just realised that I have not fully answered your question.

This issue has been discussed comprehensively by me and others in the recent past but try as I might I cannot find the link for you. 

Basically, it is similar to what I have written at the start of this post "bear" and "bed" still apply for endings ais and ai    --  Like "bed" for the first and "bear" for the second but there are regional variations and not all Francophones agree with my suggestions. Hopefully, a moderator will be able to locate the previous discussions for you.

Jim

AvasiesB1Kwiziq community member

Thank you! That was very helpful.

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