Tuesday, August 8, 2017

FRENCH LIAISON, 1








French liaison is a phonetic change that happens when a silent consonant at the end of a word is pronounced. For that to occur, the word that follows must start with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) or a silent h. The final consonant phonetically becomes a part of the first syllable of the word that follows.


les amis [ley-Za-mee]



The final consonants that can form liaison are s, x, n, d, t, p, r, and z.


Liaison can be mandatory, forbidden, or optional.



MANDATORY LIAISON 


1. BETWEEN A SUBJECT PRONOUN AND A VERB

Nous écrivons une lettre. (We are writing a letter.)
Vous allez au cinéma. (You are going to the movies.)
Ils habitent à Paris. (They live in Paris.)
Elles ouvrent les fenêtres. (They open the windows.)
On est partis tôt. (We left early.)


If the verb that follows starts with a consonant, the final s of the subject pronoun remains silent, and n remains nasalized.

Nous parlons. (We speak.)
Vous parlez. (You speak.)
Ils parlent. (They speak.)
Elles parlent. (They speak.)
On parle. (We speak.)





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