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Pronunciation of final 'e' in feminine

ian

Kwiziq community member

21 January 2017

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Pronunciation of final 'e' in feminine

In the recording examples of feminine endings which are said not to sound different almost all the feminine words are given a distinct (if very short) '-yuh' sound at the end. Is this purely to add emphasis or because they are ending a sentence, or is it actually a different sound?

This relates to:
Forming the feminine of adjectives ending in -el, -eil, -il, -ul, -et, -s -

ian

Kwiziq community member

21 January 2017

21/01/17

I was thinking particularly of 'pareille' (and 'gentille'), both of which have the '-yuh', but 'cruelle', 'nulle' and 'professionelle' all have a distinct (short) '-luh' as well. Thanks for any help you can give, as it seems to crop up quite a lot in French that I hear!

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