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I'm very confused about it. Tous is pronounced sometimes “tou” sometimes “tousse”. Is there a fairly simple rule for that?

I found this document but I really couldn't understand it and I think it is over-complicated.


Je suis perdu. Tous est des fois prononcé « tou » et parfois « tousse ». Est-ce qu'il existe une règle simple pour connaître la bonne prononciation ?

J'ai trouvé ce document, mais je ne comprends pas vraiment ce qu'il dit et il me semble qu'il ne fait que compliquer les choses.

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French is over-complicated –  Joubarc Dec 13 '11 at 18:42
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Your linked document is an academic paper, that is to say the exact opposite of a tutorial. –  Stamm Dec 13 '11 at 22:35
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When tous is a pronoun you pronounce the s :

  • Ils sont tous /tus/ là.
  • À boire pour tous /tus/ !

When it is an adjective you don't pronounce the s :

  • Je me lève à six heures tous /tu/ les jours.

    « Il m'a demandé une liste de tous /tu/ les participants.
    -Tous /tu/ les participants ?
    -Oui, tous /tus/. »


Le s se prononce quand tous est employé comme pronom et ne se prononce pas quand il est employé comme adjectif.

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Mmm, I'll check later, but I think in the second case it is considered as an adverb (one of the few that apply to nominal groups), rather than an adjective. –  Stéphane Gimenez Apr 8 '13 at 0:11
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