L'

Megan

Kwiziq community member

11 April 2016

5 replies

L'

I still don't understand when do you do l'.

This relates to:
Using le, la, l' to say "the" (definite articles) -

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

12 April 2016

12/04/16

Hi Megan, If the next word starts with the letter a, e, i, o or u, then you contract le or la to l'. If it starts with an h, but the h is silent/mute/unpronounced when the word is spoken (so in effect the next letter which is a vowel is the real first letter) then again, contract le or la to l'. It just makes the words a bit easier to say and that's reflected in how they're written. Does this answer your question?

Joakim

Kwiziq community member

12 April 2016

12/04/16

Are there no French nouns beginning with "y" ?

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

12 April 2016

12/04/16

Joakim, Yes, there are, but you don't contract in front of them: le yaourt, le yurt, etc.

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

12 April 2016

12/04/16

You would contract "le" + "y" though (the adverbial pronoun) - again because it's pronounced as a vowel here. "Je l'y rejoins" for example.

Megan

Kwiziq community member

12 April 2016

12/04/16

Yes that answers my question. Thanks

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