I think I have this right, and this may have been stated before. I was confused by the two examples below, as were other people; the question being, why doesn't tout change to toute because it is modifying a feminine adjective? I realized that the whole point is to always ensure that the speaker says the "t" at the end of the word >. In these two examples, the speaker will automatically say the t sound because of the rules of liaison, so no gender modification is necessary. In speaking, we just need to know to always say tout with the hard t at the end, regardless of spelling. It would be easy to make a mistake in writing however. Did I get this right?
That's right! Remember that it applies to 'tout/toute' + feminine adjective (completely/very + adjective).
Attention: tout / tous + masculine adjective
Les enfants sont tous ([toos]) excités = the children are all excited
Les enfants sont tout ([toot]) excités = the children are very excited
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