Are liaisons made between a past participle and the word that follows? I know that they are definitely not obligatory, but are they allowed (i.e. liaison facultative)? For example:

  • "Le logiciel a été mis à jour." Can we pronounce "mi-z-à jour" instead of "mi à jour"?
  • "Les pommes que j'ai mangées aujourd'hui..." Can we pronounce "mangé-z-aujourd'hui"?

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Yes, the liaison is optional but rarely done in both of your sentences, outside in poetry where that would be the norm.

  • I am surprised a little. Le logiciel a été mis à jour. I do make the liaison. I don't consider it obligatory. I think without the liaison it sounds weird to me. (at least to my no native ears:-)!) I recall that I've heard several times even some native speakers to make it.
    – Dimitris
    Jun 13, 2020 at 12:39
  • @Dimitris I don't make the liaison in that sentence. Your ears might be fooled by the proximity with mise à jour.
    – jlliagre
    Jun 13, 2020 at 14:10
  • I guess you are right:-)! Merci!
    – Dimitris
    Jun 13, 2020 at 14:21
  • On forvo.com the liaison between mis à and mis en is quite common. Jun 16, 2020 at 20:01
  • @PeterShor There is a specific case mis à part. It can be either a single idiom meaning "outside" (hormis) where the liaison is mandatory or it can be a conjugated phrase where the liaison is generally not done. For the other cases, forvo.com has very few examples with mis à and most of them come from a single person (Pat91) who has imho a unnatural speech and probably over-corrected his diction while reading the phrases. That one (oldking1980) is much better.
    – jlliagre
    Jun 16, 2020 at 20:35

Non, dans ces 2 cas il n'y a pas de liaison.

Le logiciel a été mi- à jour. La procédure a été mise à jour.

La terminaison en -ze est réservée au féminin.

Les pommes que j'ai mangées, ou les chocolats que j'ai mangés, ça peut paraître déroutant mais ça se prononce exactement de la même manière, qu'importe le mot qui suit.

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