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The orthography reflects the pronunciation. One of the rule of French orthography is that if two sounds that would be written i occur next to each other, they're not written with ii, but rather with y. This can be either the vowel /i/ followed by the glide /j/ (as in fuyez); or a digraph ending in i (oi, ai, ei) followed by the glide /j/ (as in foyer) or ...

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