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Pronunciation Question relating to this lesson

StewartC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Pronunciation Question relating to this lesson

Hi, 

In the example 'appelle-les' the e at the end of appelle is not pronounced.

However, the e is pronounced at the end of  'Regarde-les !' and   'Regarde-la !'

Could you please explain why this is.

Thank you

Asked 2 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Stewart,

If I have understood your question correctly le word 'appelle' is pronounced as a two-syllable word when the pronoun is added at the end.

You would rarely make it a three-syllable word except in some regional areas like the south of France. 

in the case of 'regarde', you can create a third syllable by adding the pronoun at the end. This is more likely to be the norm as the consonants make it hard to produce a two-syllable word although you will hear it in everyday speech.

Hope this helps!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

How would you pronounce les if you didn't pronounce the e ?

But whatever rule you come up with, there's lots of exceptions to it. By advice is not to get too hung up over finding rules.

Pronunciation Question relating to this lesson

Hi, 

In the example 'appelle-les' the e at the end of appelle is not pronounced.

However, the e is pronounced at the end of  'Regarde-les !' and   'Regarde-la !'

Could you please explain why this is.

Thank you

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