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"Un œuf et des fruits."

January 27, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/thorya

What is the letter at the beginning of egg? Why isn't it ever explained?

January 27, 2013

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In English, it is called a 'digraph', in French it is described as "e dans l'o". Actually the two letters are melted, which I cannot reproduce here. It is pronounced EU. You will also find it in boeuf (ox), or oeil (eye)

http://french.about.com/od/pronunciation/a/oe.htm

January 27, 2013

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How necessary is the ligature?

One time (very long ago as you can tell by the page layout) I ran into this question: http://i.imgur.com/Z8qMLn6.jpg

As you can see the only difference is whether or not l'e dans l'o is used. According to the Wikipedia sight: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%92 it is always necessary and says that it is actually wrong to write "soeur"... is that correct?

Should I try and use oe whenever possible? Is it outdated? Some sites don't even offer it for input (like Memrise), and other references for alt codes don't even mention it: http://www.alt-codes.net/french_alt_codes/

The whole thing is really confusing to me.

January 27, 2013

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What I can tell you is that young pupils learning to write actually form the ligature which is, as far as I know, still compulsory. Now, if your software does not allow to do it, drop that, don't worry. Just for your information, using the French MO Word software, I can tell you that the correction is made automatically.

January 27, 2013
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