Is the 'e' at the end of, for example, 'je regardE' pronounced?

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

20 January 2018

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Is the 'e' at the end of, for example, 'je regardE' pronounced?

This relates to:
Conjugate regular -er verbs in Le Présent (present tense) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

20 January 2018

20/01/18

The answer is difficult to give definitively in writing. It depends to some extent what the word is followed by. At the end of a sentece, i.e., "Je te regarde." it is pronounced ever so slightly, giving the "d" a distinctive touch. But in "Je regarde mon ouvre." it isn't pronounced at all.

I would love for a native speaker to comment, though.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

21 January 2018

21/01/18

The 'e' is mute and it is not pronounced . All you hear is the 'd' at the end . This is the same for all the forms except the Nous and Vous forms.
So in - je regarde, tu regardes, il/elle/on regarde, ils/elles regardent the ´ regard ' is prononced the same , sounding the ´d' .
I have found as a teacher that it is important to stress this at this stage as some students want to pronounce an ´ é ´ sound which creates problems when you are tackling the perfect tense.
Hope this helps ...

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

21 January 2018

21/01/18

Hi Cécile
Thank you and yes it definitely helps.

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