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Référendum: le Porto Rico se prononce pour devenir le 51e Etat des Etats-Unis

Comment prononce-t-on "51e" ? Est-ce "cinquante-et-un-ième" ou "cinquante-et-une-ième" ou autre chose ?

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Regardless of the gender of the word it applies to, 51e is written cinquante-et-unième and that last component is never pronounced "un - ième" in French, i.e. *[œ̃ jɛm] or *[ɛ̃ jɛm].

There is no nasalisation so it is pronounced like "une'ième": [ynjɛm]

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  • Comme dans "Un bon signal" ou "Un bon avenir". "Bon" est prononcé différemment selon que le mot qui le suit commence par une voyelle ou par une consonne.
    – FredGe
    Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 19:27
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Cinquante-et-unième because État is masculine and therefore un has to be too.

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    We say Cinquante-et-unième even with a feminine word: La cinquante-et-unième réunion
    – Toto
    Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 11:35
  • Yes of course, wasn't paying enough attention, lol.
    – lkl
    Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 11:39

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