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

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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"


Kwiziq language super star

23 March 2019


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!



Kwiziq community member

26 March 2019



My question was mainly about when do I use  L  and when I should use  T. Is there a rule or can I use them interchangeably?



Kwiziq language super star

27 March 2019


Hi Claudia, 

The -t is used mainly with inversion subject and verb when the verb ends in a vowel  and the pronoun starts with one , so mainly for regular verbs with ER endings but some others too -

A-t-on compris?

Achète- t- il du beurre?

A-t-elle des chances de réussir?

The -l is only with 'on' I believe, can't think of another instance where you might use it...




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