In the audio for "Quand partent-ils" I hear partetil, I thought it would sound more like par til
You are hearing right and it should be "partent-ils"(3 syllables).
What you are suggesting would be the singular -
"part-il" ( 2 syllables)
The 'ent' is not pronounced but in 'partent-ils' you have to sound the last 't' of the 'ent'.
If you didn't you would hear the singular 'part-il'.
You might hear it pronounced in every day speak as two syllables but with an emphasis on the 't' to make it a double sound.
But very good query!
I thought that in the 3rd person plural in the present tense, the "ent" was never pronounced.
Ils tombent would sound tombe
Ils chantent would sound chant
Ils regardent, etc.
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