Nouvel or Nouveau

SophiaA1Kwiziq community member

Nouvel or Nouveau

Why is it that when you want to say new before the consonants, you say 'nouveau' but when you want to say new hotel, you say "nouvel hotel" because 'h' is a not a vowel

Asked 2 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Sophia, 

The -h of hotel is called mute or silent.

So the following letter is the vowel -o which determines the use of  'nouvel' and not 'nouveau'.

Bonne continuation !

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Bonjour Sophia,

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/glossary/contraction/l-elision-elision

Access the above site to find out about mute H and elision.

Before vowel or mute h (H) the adjective nouvel is used for elision reasons.

Bonne continuation,

Jim

Nouvel or Nouveau

Why is it that when you want to say new before the consonants, you say 'nouveau' but when you want to say new hotel, you say "nouvel hotel" because 'h' is a not a vowel

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