I know that it is kind a like basics, but as I learned, e in the ending is not pronouncing, but I've listened Stromae's song "formidable" where he actually pronounces 'e' on the ending. Which variant is correct?


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In French, the letter e is often silent, such as at the end of a word, as in collège. There are several rules governing when e muet must be retained and when it must be deleted. Note however that retention or deletion also depends on the rapidity of speech, stylistic emphasis, and the type of consonants that precede or follow the e muet. See


Poésie : Ponctuation et e muet

Also « le e muet » is often not muet at all in songs, and almost never in poetry.

  • you're forgetting that « le e muet » is often not muet at all in songs, and almost never in poetry !!
    – 5915961T
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 0:09
  • @5915961T Thanks for the comment. I added your observation. Thanks also for all of your answers. As an advice, you should pick up a proper user name:-)!
    – Dimitris
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 0:17
  • @5915961T Regarding the poetry I included the link french.stackexchange.com/questions/20050/… when I answered the question. But I did not say anything about songs.
    – Dimitris
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 0:19
  • well, isn't Paul Van Haver alias Stromae a singer? But thanks for: french.stackexchange.com/questions/20050/…. As for my pseudonym, well, I'm humble enough to hide behind a simple matricule number … ;–)
    – 5915961T
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 0:29

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