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Liaisons in French

liaisons in french

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Liaisons in French – how do they work?

Liaisons make French really difficult to understand – what you read is not what you hear. A liaison is the change in pronunciation between a word that ends in an ordinarily silent consonant – or sometimes an H, and starts the word that immediately follows it. Not every French person uses liaisons, and not consistently. Using correct liaisons demonstrates a higher mastery of the French language.

There are only two kinds of liaisons in French you need to know about: compulsory liaisons and impossible liaisons.

This topic is really long, full of rules. My advice is that you start with one issue at a time. It seems that the shorter rules are the ones of impossible liaisons. Start with that, as it’s also better to not say a liaison than it is to say a wrong one. Then move on to the exceptions, to finish – if you still have energy if you still have energy – to the compulsory liaisons.

Impossible Liaisons

Most impossible liaisons can be grouped this way:

Compulsory Liaisons

Most compulsory liaisons can be grouped according to the following:

  • Between the determiner and its noun
  • Between the pronoun and its verb or vice-versa
  • After être in its conjugated form
  • In a compound verb form (passé composé, pluperfect, and so on…)
  • When the adjective is before the verb
  • After most prepositions

Continue here with a lot more detail

Related: French H – pronunciation .

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