Is it correct to make two liaisons in a row? For example:

trois états indépendants

pas assez utile (given that the optional liaison after pas is made)

Haven't heard such liaisons but neither have I come across such examples under liaisons interdites.

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    BDL has examples that would imply that it is possible in at least some situations. That’s also what I would expect, although I’m having trouble thinking of a set of examples diverse enough that I can extrapolate more exact rules from it.
    – Maroon
    Commented Mar 1, 2021 at 7:41
  • Thanks for the reference. I've got my answer.
    – Alpha
    Commented Mar 2, 2021 at 23:24

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It can occur, and I am not aware of any special status for this situation compared to considering the liaisons independently. An example is with the preverbal pronoun en as in On vous en a parlé.

Liaisons after plural nouns are usually optional if not forbidden, but in certain fixed names such as “États-Unis”, liaison almost always occurs. If you have “les États-Unis“, that makes two liaisons in a row. Other examples can be found in this paper: https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/200783293.pdf

  • I hear “les États-Unis" quite a lot. With the double liaison, that is. Appreciate your help.
    – Alpha
    Commented Mar 2, 2021 at 23:27
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    États-Unis est aussi un mot composé et la liaison s'effectue aussi là la plupart du temps... Commented Mar 3, 2021 at 17:57

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