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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 pronounciation 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? – Alexis Pigeon 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 – Alexis Pigeon Jul 3 '13 at 20:13

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