Pronunciation of 'tous'

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Michael

Kwiziq community member

15 October 2018

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Pronunciation of 'tous'

I thought 'tous' was pronounced 'too' unless it was used as a pronoun meaning 'all (of us/them)'.

But in the example:

Je veux que vous ayez tous votre exam.

'tous' is pronounced 'Toos'.

Is this correct? If so, why?

This relates to:
Conjugate avoir in Le Subjonctif Présent (subjunctive mood) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

15 October 2018

15/10/18

It is used pronomially to refer to "vous".

Michael

Kwiziq community member

15 October 2018

15/10/18

Merci Chris. Je ne l'ai pas su. C'est bon à savoir.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

16 October 2018

16/10/18

Hi Michael,

Yes , the pronunciation of tous is correct and should sound the 's' .

Take a look at the following lesson for further explanation:

Tout, tous, toute, toutes = Everything, all (of them), the whole

Just another little point -

In your answer to Chris, it should be 'je ne le savais pas' as 'savoir' is a verb of state and you will hardly ever hear/see the passé composé used to say, 'I didn't know'.

It's a mistake I often read on this forum from students so just to put things right!

It is the same for verbs like être, sembler, paraître, croire, espérer...

Hope this helps!

 

 

Michael

Kwiziq community member

16 October 2018

16/10/18

Merci Cécile, je ne le savais pas.

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