If it's a reference to the family, Les Beauxhommes, do you still not pronounce the -s?

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Unless it's spelled Beauxhommès, I would intuitively not pronounce the final -s. However, note that there's no pronunciation rule for last names.

Also, unlike English, if the original name doesn't have a final -s, putting one when referring to the family is not correct. The family of Dominique Dupont is Les Dupont, not Les Duponts, whereas Homer Simpson's family is referred to as The Simpsons.

  • if it's spelled Beauxhommès I would avoid pronouncing it
    – Mathieu
    Commented Jun 27, 2013 at 23:19
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    @Mathieu Why would you? Commented Jun 28, 2013 at 7:25
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    I believe what @Mathieu means is that even in Beauxhommès you would pronounce the è but not the s, as in words like 'très'. That is, one would say /bozɔmɛ/ rather than /bozɔ'mɛs/ or /bo'zɔm/. But Beauxhommes would certainly be /bo'zɔm/.
    – chrbr
    Commented Jul 3, 2013 at 20:00
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    @shva This would apply to common nouns, but not to family names. For example, you clearly pronounce the -s in Denis Podalydès or Yann Barthès Commented Jul 3, 2013 at 20:13

In French, you can't add an "s" to proper nouns when you use the plural. In English, talking about a whole family you would say "The Fords", but in French you say "Les Ford".

  • You are 7 years late...
    – jlliagre
    Commented Oct 23, 2020 at 1:57
  • Better late than never! :)
    – Ouch42
    Commented Oct 23, 2020 at 6:50
  • @Ouch42 Yes, but that piece of information was already given, not to mention it doesn't apply to Beauxhommes which has an ending S whatever the case.
    – jlliagre
    Commented Oct 23, 2020 at 12:21
  • Oh, I wasn't serions.
    – Ouch42
    Commented Oct 24, 2020 at 13:06

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