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Are All French Liaisons Optional?

There are three types of liaisons in French: Mandatory, Impossible and Optional. The liaison in "vous avez" is mandatory so what he says is completely false. Some liaisons are optional but ...
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Are All French Liaisons Optional?

The answer to this is that although some liaisons are optional, others absolutely are not. To continue with your example, vous avez is always pronounced with a liaison in normal speech. The only case ...
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Are All French Liaisons Optional?

Liaison is a very robust phenomenon in French. As far as I know, there is no variant of French that does not have liaisons. Liaisons exist and follow a pattern of mandatory/optional/forbidden in ...
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When is "ct" silent?

Narrowing it to -ect word final for the moment, some words ending in -ect are pronounced with the [ɛ] ending. Your mileage may vary literally on regional aspects for some, the onset of the following ...
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When is "ct" silent?

Words in -act are always pronounced /akt/ Artefact, contact, exact, impact, intact, tract Words in -ict are pronounced /ikt/, except the rare amict (/a.mi/), that I didn't know before researching ...
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Constricted phoneme /i/ in French?

There are no dialectal variations in these videos. Elisa chose to pronounce /'si: vu.za.'ve/ but she could just as easily have said /si.vu.za.'ve/. What lengthens the i and I believe causes what you ...
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