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Shahin A1

Shahin V.A1Kwiziq community member

Shahin A1

Bonjour,

Could you please explain, why during the pronunciation of "Il est une heure" the letter "t" connects to "une" but in "Il est onze heures" the letter "t" does not connect to "onze"? Is there any specific rule in this regard?

Asked 2 weeks ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Shahin,

This liaison (between "est" and "une heure" / "onze heures") is optional. I would say most French native speakers don't do it. I know I do not. However, it is perfectly acceptable.

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

Maarten K.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Shahin, 

According to the following references, ' la liaison ' with ‘ onze ‘ is not optional but ‘ interdite ‘. The series of articles on the site by Laura Lawless are worth looking at to understand the different categories of liaison. 

The liaison here is optional with ‘ une ‘ though.

 https://dictionnaire.lerobert.com/guide/liaisons-et-enchainements

 https://www.rtl.fr/culture/arts-spectacles/les-regles-a-respecter-pour-ne-plus-faire-de-fautes-de-liaisons-7795615531

 https://www.lawlessfrench.com/pronunciation/forbidden-liaisons/ 

Canadian reference notes very limited exceptions for Canadian French at least, with liaison involving ‘onze ‘, but otherwise also confirms liaison is ‘forbidden’.

 https://vitrinelinguistique.oqlf.gouv.qc.ca/23140/la-prononciation/prononciation-des-nombres/prononciation-de-onze-et-de-onzieme

Shahin A1

Bonjour,

Could you please explain, why during the pronunciation of "Il est une heure" the letter "t" connects to "une" but in "Il est onze heures" the letter "t" does not connect to "onze"? Is there any specific rule in this regard?

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