Why not se reposent-t-ils

MarkC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Why not se reposent-t-ils

In the following question I am marked wrong for se reposent-t-ils... With the answer given as se reposent-ils

Think I can see the answer that the T is already there and just needs pronouncing.. is there any indication in written french when a silent T should be pronounced?

Rearrange the words in this statement to turn it into a question. «Ils se reposent» ________?Se reposent-ilsse reposent-t-ils


Asked 1 month ago
MonC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributorCorrect answer

Just on your point with "Is there any indication in written french when a silent T should be pronounced?", with elision you will pronounce a consonant sound (including T) before a vowel sound (je suiS_allé; leS_hommes).

In the reflexive, "ils/elles" forms *always* end in a T, and since both "ils" and "elles" forms start with a vowel, this means that inversion will *always* result in a pronounced T sound.

croienT_ils [qqch]? l'onT_elles fait? ne l'avaienT_ils pas vu?

Adding a T to create this effect is only necessary with the il/elle/on form in the present tense, because that is the form that usually ends in a vowel, and il/elle/on all begin with a vowel: hence, the problem of two ugly vowels colliding with each other. These problems don't exist with the other forms because the following pronoun is not a vowel (begins with j/t/v/n) except for ils/elles, which always has that t in the verb anyway.

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Mark - this may help.

https://www.frenchtoday.com/blog/french-grammar/inversion-in-french/

MarkC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Thanks.. that is useful although not entirely sure about Où habite-t-elle ?.. rather thought that was pronounced anyway!

Why not se reposent-t-ils

In the following question I am marked wrong for se reposent-t-ils... With the answer given as se reposent-ils

Think I can see the answer that the T is already there and just needs pronouncing.. is there any indication in written french when a silent T should be pronounced?

Rearrange the words in this statement to turn it into a question. «Ils se reposent» ________?Se reposent-ilsse reposent-t-ils


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