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


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
    Jun 27 '13 at 23:19
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    @Mathieu Why would you? Jun 28 '13 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
    Jul 3 '13 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 Jul 3 '13 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
    Oct 23 '20 at 1:57
  • Better late than never! :)
    – Ouch42
    Oct 23 '20 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
    Oct 23 '20 at 12:21
  • Oh, I wasn't serions.
    – Ouch42
    Oct 24 '20 at 13:06

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