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The [o] did not "disappear", it eroded into a schwa sound which was still pronounced in Middle French. That vowel is what the e in those verb conjugation actually represents. You see, with the exception of various fixes that do not even necessarily reflect pronunciation better (like the plural of nouns in -nt, which until the early 18th century were spelled ...
"Faire une idée" ne se dit tout simplement pas; il s'agit d'une expression qui nécessite le verbe à sa forme pronominale. "Se faire des idées" se traduit par "to be fooling oneself". "Se faire du mauvais sang" signifie "to worry", "se faire à ____" signifie "to get used to ____", etc. Aucune de ces expressions n'utilise "faire" sans le pronom.
Almost all verbs ending in -er are conjugated the same, and parler is one of them. For many of them like écouter, danser, présenter, it would change the pronunciation significantly to drop the -e for "je" conjugation. It makes more sense to keep the -e on the "je" (and il/elle/on) conjugation for all regular -er verbs than to have so many "exceptions to the ...
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