Pronunciation of final 'e' in feminine

ian

Kwiziq community member

21 January 2017

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Pronunciation of final 'e' in feminine

In the recording examples of feminine endings which are said not to sound different almost all the feminine words are given a distinct (if very short) '-yuh' sound at the end. Is this purely to add emphasis or because they are ending a sentence, or is it actually a different sound?

This relates to:
Forming the feminine of adjectives ending in -el, -eil, -il, -ul, -et, -s -

ian

Kwiziq community member

21 January 2017

21/01/17

I was thinking particularly of 'pareille' (and 'gentille'), both of which have the '-yuh', but 'cruelle', 'nulle' and 'professionelle' all have a distinct (short) '-luh' as well. Thanks for any help you can give, as it seems to crop up quite a lot in French that I hear!

Ashley

Kwiziq community member

26 September 2018

26/09/18

I can't say for certain since I haven't been learning French for very long, but I've been told by someone who speaks French from Quebec that the 'yuh' at the end of the word that you're hearing is actually from the two 'l's placed together, so the 'yuh' is produced from 'll' in both 'pareille' and 'gentille' not the 'e' at the end.

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