Why do you contract je ai to j'ai but leave tu as and not t'as ?

Lisa

Kwiziq community member

6 March 2016

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Why do you contract je ai to j'ai but leave tu as and not t'as ?

It seems like tu never contracts with the following verb. Are there other words that end in vowels but never contract with the next word ?

This relates to:
Conjugate avoir in Le Présent (present tense) -

Lisa

Kwiziq community member

6 March 2016

6/03/16

Is it perhaps because the French u followed by a doesn't have a glottal stop in the same way that French e followed by a has?

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

7 March 2016

7/03/16

Bonjour Lisa,


In grammatically correct French, E is the only vowel that contracts. So je, me, te, le, etc all contract, but tu, qui, etc do not.


The only exceptions are la and si, but the latter only when it means "if" and only in front of il and ils.

Lisa

Kwiziq community member

8 March 2016

8/03/16

Oh, that is interesting. I don't think I've seen that pointed out anywhere. Merci.

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