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, 2016 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, 2016 at 9:59

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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, 2016 at 10:09

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