Bon soir. On the video in this lesson I would like to see if I understood well.

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Claudia

Kwiziq community member

27 October 2018

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Bon soir. On the video in this lesson I would like to see if I understood well.

On fait que ce l'on peut.        Mange-t-on du riz. The "l" is used to avoid two vowels crashing into eachother and the "t" ??? I've seen the "t" more often than the "l". They are only for a more harmonious flow of the spoken language, but how do you know which to use when?

This question relates to:
French lesson "On = we, one, people"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

23 March 2019

23/03/19

Hi Claudia,

In the first example -

‘On fait ce que l’on peut’ the -l is added because otherwise you would say -

‘...que on peut‘  and ‘que on’ doesn’t only clash but can sound like the rude word ‘con’ in French .

In your second example -

Mange -t-on du riz?

the -t is necessary as otherwise it would sound like  ‘Mange on ....’ which would sound like a command, Mangeons! ( Let’s eat!)

So, often these two letters are added to make the language flow more freely and to avoid ambiguity.

Hope this helps!

 

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