I have found on my notes "always use les écoles, never l'écoles".

But I don't remember why.

Is this correct? What is the grammatical rule that supports it?

  • l’écoles est fautif ; “l’ (élision du a à cause du é de) école” = “la école”, le s de école indique le pluriel, il faut donc le supprimer pour être cohérent avec l’article.
    – Personne
    Commented Mar 19, 2020 at 22:02

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Les écoles (the schools) is correct.

Écoles is plural, therefore the article has to be plural too: les.

If école were singular (the school), then you'd say l'école.

  • so, there is never a liason with les+noun?
    – josinalvo
    Commented Mar 16, 2020 at 19:56
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    @josinalvo There may be a liaison (like how there is a liaison in ils ont), but there is no elision of the vowel. As a general rule, elision only occurs with certain words with a final vowel.
    – Maroon
    Commented Mar 16, 2020 at 20:57

You can use the singular or the plural depending on the context.

"Les écoles sont fermées"

"L'école de ma fille est fermée."

In the first case I'm writing that either all schools (from kindergarten to universities) of all kind are closed or only elementary schools are closed.
In the second case, I'm writing that my daughter's school is closed, not saying anything about the others.

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