https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

difference between e and é?

so I know what's the difference when it's at the end, but when it's at the beginning or in the middle of the word, how do those differ?

May 30, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

By their sound. That's the role of the acute accent in French: to change the sound of the letter "e".

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

well I've heard that explanation but they sound the same to me...

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

It's common to not ear the difference when not used to, with time your ears will get used to the difference: they are really different sounds for native ears (and for ears (sufficiently) exposed to them).

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Gerardd88

I've also had a similar problem with those spellings. I think e is used for reduced vowels (/ə/) like in reposer (or, of course, for other spellings combinations like eu, eux, eau etc), while é is used when you need to pronunce clear /e/ like in répondre. The é is also used in words where some other rule tells us to pronounce it like /e/, eg. manger, voulez. So there isn't really any other mysterious "slight difference" between these sounds. Am I right or is there something I haven't noticed?

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/m-r-r

Yes, you are right, but there are cases where the "e" is pronounced like a clear /e/ but doesn't have an acute accent :

  • When the "e" is followed by "d", "f", "r" or "z" or is at the end of the word (pied, nez, etc.)
  • When the "e" is before a doubled consonant (effet, essai, etc.)
May 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeBrownst1

For pronunciation, see "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgTqqLTJvnc" for unaccented 'e' and "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L3opwbpVxk" for accented 'e' (aigu, circonflexe, grave, tréma).

For usage, see "http://www.aidenet.eu/grammaire01a.htm".

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Red_Logu

I do not know why e is e'

May 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Red_Logu

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May 31, 2016
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