Monday, September 21, 2009

Clash of the Vowels

I get many questions in regards to those two examples:

Elle est

Tu es

First when it comes to "elle est", you need to consider the fact that the last "e" in "elle" is silent and therefore doesn't clash with the "e" in "est".
As to why the "u" is allowed to remain when followed by a vowel, this is because phonetically it is not objectionable to the French ear. In street French the "u" is often dropped regardless.

In the end the clash of vowels is more a clash of vowel sounds.

This being French, you can count on many exceptions to any one rule :)

"That's French for ya!"

1 comment:

N.A. Widyanahar said...

hi remy, i just saw your blog, and i recommend you not to let all postings visible at first hit. it makes your visitors unable to get the whole pages quickly.
1. update your layout by cathegory. and only n-postings visible at main page.
2. otherwise i recommend you to switch the blog to wordpress. much more impressive and easy.

merci.
widya, indonesia

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