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Need help with many liaisons

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I'm still getting used to liaisons, and I'm aware that some of them are forbidden and some are mandatory.

How would you pronounce the following :

Ils sont á Madrid. (Do you pronounce the "t"?)

Tu es adulte (Do you pronounce the "s"?)

Vous êtes américains (the "s" in êtes?)

Il est avocat (the "t" in est?)

I'm not sure if these sentences are actually correct (I don't know if you would rather say "Il est un avocat" or "Il est avocat") but the liaisons are my main concern.

Thank you very much in advance

4 years ago

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ils sont à Madrid = liaison required: sont-T-à

tu es adulte = liaison required: es-Z-adulte

vous êtes américains = liaisons required: vous-Z-êtes-Z-américains

il est avocat = liaison required: il est-T-avocat (article is dropped with professions when the verb is a state verb: être, paraître, sembler, devenir, demeurer, rester)

http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons-o.htm

4 years ago

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Thakelo
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Thank you very much! It helped a lot. And what about

"Je suis un/une..."

Im pretty sure duolingo doesnt make that liaison, but am I supposed to?

4 years ago

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Yes you are, as explained on the page I directed you to.

4 years ago

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the rule would be to pronounce all the liaisons but personally I wouldn't do any liaison except for vous êtes américains. I wouldn't do the liaison for Vous êtes américain. But the s of "vous" in vous êtes is always a liaison. Liaisons are difficult because depending on the regions, we pronounce them or only some of them. On top of that some liaisons are forbidden, some mandatory and some optional. The only way to learn is to practice with french people. http://www.etudes-litteraires.com/regles-de-liaison.php Depending on the day, I make or not the liaison in "Je suis un". When speaking with a foreigner, I certainly don't.

4 years ago

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My French teacher explained me that making optional liaisons (for example in the sentence "je suis arrivé") is more formal.

4 years ago

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Yes, it is indeed more formal but it is also immensely useful to make yourself understood.

4 years ago