Hi there, can anyone suggest a rule that works for making a liason between words pronounced...? Not as simple as before a vowel as I have found in the above examples:
"Nous sommes allées..." (liason pronounced between sommes-allées...)
"Pauline a dit Je suis allée en France..." (no liason pronounced between suis-allée...)
"Ils etaient meilleurs amis..." (liason pronounced between meilleurs-amis...)
Grateful for any tips on a rule that works...
First just to say that there are three types of liaisons in French -
Mandatory liaisons: liaisons every French person will pronounce
Forbidden liaisons: these are liaisons which would never be said by a French native (but might be tempting)
Optional liaisons: some liaisons depend on social background, age, mood, and tradition. In this section ‘over liaising’ can sound precious.
Your first two examples - come under 'optional' as you will hear both in France
Your third example has two liaisons which are mandatory
Ils (z) étaient ( because otherwise, you would hear the singular 'il était')
In fact, after the personal pronouns nous, vous, ils, and elles, you will liaise the last -s with a following verb starting with a vowel or an h- mute.
elles (z) ont, vous (z) avez, ils (z) habitent etc...
In the case of meilleurs amis, again you would make it to mark the plural.
Here is a sentence that has many liaisons -
Les artistes sont arrivés chez eux en avance -----> Les (z) artistes sont (t) arrivés chez (z) eux en (n) avance ( The artists arrived home early)
All are mandatory apart from sont arrivés which can be pronounced -
sont// arrivés or sont (t) arrivés
This is a vast and complicated subject that involves lots of different cases and is in the pipeline but hope this helps!
Thanks so much for taking the time to give that explanation Céline! I totally get the mandatory liasons...since they sound pretty straightforward to understand, and will now work to include them. However, is interesting to know that others can be a bit discretionary! ...at least that stops me hunting for a rule that doesn't exist! Thanks again, Michael
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