In the following Wikipedia article, it lists many words that get elided.


  • le, la
  • je, ce
  • me, te, se
  • moi, toi
  • ne
  • de
  • que
  • si

However, it doesn't say if this is a closed set. In other words, is this the complete list or are there other words that get elided too?

The article also mentions that in informal speech but not in writing that tu commonly gets elided to t'es and t'as.

  • Do you have any exampler where "moi" and "toi" are elided ? I can't see any... – Random Feb 11 '16 at 9:31
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    @Random Wikipedia lists Mettez-le, donne-les-moi, casse-toi -> Mettez-l'y, donne-m'en, va-t'en. – CJ Dennis Feb 11 '16 at 9:59

Other conjunctions which end in -que should be added to the list : puisque, lorsque, quoique.

Elided forms of entre and presque are sometimes used as a prefix. For example, in entr'apercevoir (old orthography), or presqu'ile. Some authors chose to elide other uses of presque.

Jusque and quelque are also elided in front of a vowel, but the list does not extend much further.

  • Thanks! I just found this answer on a similar (but not duplicate) question which almost answers my question: french.stackexchange.com/a/13308/6454. You have included presque which is missing from the other answer. – CJ Dennis Feb 11 '16 at 10:09

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