I was listening to a podcast and the speaker (a native of France) pronounced the s at the end of tous in this sentence, pronouncing it as tousse:

Nous sommes tous partis en voiture pour le centre-ville.

In which there is obviously no liaison.

Explanation?? Just an exception?


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The s at the end of tous is always pronounced when tous is used as a pronoun. Some examples:

  • J'avais invité cinq amis, tous sont venus.
  • Venez tous !
  • Tous les mêmes !
  • Du travail pour tous

Regarding “tous les”, in most cases this is used as the English would “all the X”. For example, “tous les invités applaudirent” means “(all (the guests)) applauded”, where parenthesis indicate levels of grouping.

On the other hand, “tous les mêmes” is different: it implies “ce sont tous les mêmes”, “they are all the same”, in which tous is actually an adjective.

  • In the duplicate question, all the adjective examples are of the form Tous les [something]. Why is tous les mêmes different? Or is one of the two answers wrong somehow? Commented Mar 11, 2013 at 14:29
  • Perfect, thanks. Commented Mar 12, 2013 at 14:10

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