What is the explanation for this verb not following this rule Rule's page?

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What is the most appropriate rule to explain this?

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I don't know whether I must take this page very seriously because of how différencié is written.

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  • "What is the most appropriate rule to explain this?" It gives you the rule....it is stating the rule. //Re règle 4: différencie is the third person singular of the verb différencier; to differentiate; differencié is differentiated, past participle. So the rule's grammar is correct.
    – Lambie
    Nov 22, 2021 at 17:59

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The "règle 6" is incorrectly stated.

It only applies with word ending with -ed, -ef, -er and -ez.

Actually, outside abbreviations like tél. or déc., E never has a acute accent when it is followed by a final consonant that is not an S, but only D, F, R and Z give it an accented pronunciation, the reason why these letters are listed in the rule (correction: the word tel has no written accent but is pronounced with an accented E).

Différencie is correctly written, it's the third person singular indicative, not a past participle.

  • Monosyllables and polysyllables?
    – SNR
    Nov 22, 2021 at 14:50
  • It doesn't matter.
    – jlliagre
    Nov 22, 2021 at 14:51
  • Could you point me out a page for learning accentuation rules?
    – SNR
    Nov 22, 2021 at 14:52
  • I don't know any. The only rule that is taught at school, or at least, the only one I'm aware of, is that there should be no accent on E before a double consonant or an X.
    – jlliagre
    Nov 22, 2021 at 15:21
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    @SNR Perhaps not precisely what you are looking for but the answer to that question When to put an accent on the letter E might help you.
    – None
    Nov 22, 2021 at 16:10

I guess you can find the answer in your other post :

Question about acute accentuation / l'accent aigu (é)

On met un accent aigu lorsque la voyelle "e" est placée entre deux consonnes

Here the "e" is between "f" and "r"

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    That's barely possible since it is a post of my own.
    – SNR
    Nov 22, 2021 at 14:38

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