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Pronounciation of "dix"

SanchitaA1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Pronounciation of "dix"

How come the "dix" was pronounced like "di"? I thought the "x" was pronounced at the end.


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Asked 2 weeks ago
NickC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributorCorrect answer

If the following word begins with a consonant, it will be pronounced with a silent 'x'. As in di(x) personnes.

 

If the following word begins with a vowel, it will be pronounced with a z sound. So dix autres is pronounced di-z-autres, dix heures is pronounced di-z-heures.

 

When used in isolation (like when counting for example), it will be pronounced 'diss'. 

 

The number 6 in french behaves in the same way.

 

Tricky, french numbers!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

No, the trailing -x is silent.

SanchitaA1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thank you so much! 

Pronounciation of "dix"

How come the "dix" was pronounced like "di"? I thought the "x" was pronounced at the end.


Thank you!

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