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Is using "oe" in place of "œ" perceived as a mistake in writing?

We learned how to write these words at school so when handwriting, I believe ligatures are still common. The main issue is that nowadays we mostly use keyboards to write text but unfortunately the ...
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Is using "oe" in place of "œ" perceived as a mistake in writing?

Well, it depends on lot of things... On a hand written document, writing oe instead of the ligature œ would be seen as a mistake. But even there it would not be a very serious one because in French ...
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Albertville 1992 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony Transcript Wanted

Il régresse and ils régressent are pronounced exactly the same so there is no way to deduce which one is said from hearing it. Only the context can help to figure it out. Let's say it is very similar ...
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Why has French kept all its silent letters where other languages have dropped them over time?

One reason why (though French has changed): Liaison and hiatus can also change meaning. Take away the "silent" h in haut for example and what is the difference between en haut /ɑ̃.o/ and ...
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Why has French kept all its silent letters where other languages have dropped them over time?

What is unique to French compared to other Romance languages is that it is the only one among them to prioritize etymology over pronunciation. That might have been different. See Orthographie et ...
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Why has French kept all its silent letters where other languages have dropped them over time?

It has more to do with conservative (and dating centuries back) language policies on the state level, than with the language evolution per se. Like in English, where the archaic spelling only ...
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