sounding s at end of words

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sounding s at end of words

I'm trying to pay attention to where the s ending one word is pronounced or not when followed by a word starting with a vowel, is there a rule I can memorise? For instance in the examples here it is not sounded in 'tu has une soeur' but in both of 'Ils ont un...' and '...des yeux'

Asked 3 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Mathieu,

One quick rule -

After the pronouns: ils, elles, nous, vous, and  on

and when the verb starts with a vowel ( like 'avoir'), you will liaise the last consonant -s or -n with the vowel which follows.

These are called mandatory liaisons.

On a tout pris ----> On (n) a tout pris ( We took everything)

Vous avez téléphoné à Pierre ? ----> Vous (z) avez téléphoné à Pierre? (Have you rung Pierre?)

Nous avons pris le train pour aller à Paris -----> Nous (z) avons pris le train…. (We took the train to go to Paris)

Elles ont appris l’espagnol en Espagne ----> Elles (z) ont appris… ( They learnt Spanish in Spain)

Ils ont beaucoup de chance ---->  Ils (z) ont beaucoup ….( They are very lucky)

Elles vous aiment énormément ----> Elles vous (z) aiment énormément They love you a lot) 

On ouvre à 9 heures -----> On (n) ouvre à 9 heures  ( We open at 9)

Hope this helps!

sounding s at end of words

I'm trying to pay attention to where the s ending one word is pronounced or not when followed by a word starting with a vowel, is there a rule I can memorise? For instance in the examples here it is not sounded in 'tu has une soeur' but in both of 'Ils ont un...' and '...des yeux'

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