L', le and la
So I don't understand. What is the use of l' because we use it on the masculine l'homme and l'enfant but also on the feminine l'eau. Can someone please explain the difference? Its getting me messed up.
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Le and la become just l' if they're followed by a vowel sound. This is an example of elision, which is the removal of a vowel sound in order to prevent consecutive vowel sounds and make pronunciation easier.
Elisions are mandatory—for instance, je aime is incorrect. It must be j'aime.
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