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Please can you explain why Tu is used before a vowel and not T'

Gloria P.A1Kwiziq community member

Please can you explain why Tu is used before a vowel and not T'

Tu aimes 

Asked 5 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Gloria,

You will hear-

 'T'aimes ça? 

'T'as faim? 

in every day very informal speech (within a family setting) but normally the Tu would not be elided ...

Lily A.A0Kwiziq community member

Salut Cecile,

Would friends of the same age also use "T'as"?

CécileKwiziq team member

Between friends definitely although a parent might use 'tu as faim' to a child to teach him/her to speak 'properly'.....

Doug l.A0Kwiziq community member

because T by itself is meaningless

Doug l.A0Kwiziq community member

because T by itself is meaningless

Patricia A.A0Kwiziq community member

Because T by itself is meaningless

anish t.B2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

In French,  all elisions occur with short words ending with the letter 'e', like te, me, je, se and so on. Only two exceptions are there la & si

Please can you explain why Tu is used before a vowel and not T'

Tu aimes 

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