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Appele vs. Appelle

So, I am not seeing a pattern with appeller. Sometimes it seems to be spelled with one l and sometimes with two lls. (je m'appelle v je m'appele). Are they two different words? Does it make a difference how you spell it when you're talking about a phone conversation v when you're talking about what you call yourself? Does it matter it it's being used reflexively? I can't figure it out and thus can't memorize it. If anyone understands what I am asking and can explain it to me, I would be much appreciative. Thanks in advance.

October 30, 2017



If you look at this word reference link for the conjugation of "appeler," you will see (in blue letters) the instances where the verb is spelled with two L's. The blue letters make it easy to visualize. The same spellings are used for the reflexive verb "s'appeler."


Thank you so much!


I found a rule about doubling the letters before a silent e, though wiktionary says this now optional with all other verbs except appeler, jeter and their derived forms.


Thank you for the link. I love finding new resources.


You might be seeing spelling errors. Je m'appele is incorrect.

Simple rule of thumb is that when it picks up an accent it drops an L.


Thank you for your answer to my query. I don't think it was spelling errors that I was seeing, but just the fact that I couldn't remember when there were one or two ls. georgeoftruth's table helped me to see the pattern. I am copying it down and will hopefully keep it stuck in my memory.


"Un appel " this is a noun

" appelé" this is a verb to the past participle

" appelle " this is a verb to the present " j'appelle " " tu appelles" " il appelle "

" appele" it does not exist


Welcome to spelling changing verbs. https://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/gr/ver2.html The spelling in some verbs changes to maintain the proper sound in the face of silent endings and for to keep "c" and "g" soft rather than becoming hard.


Just a small comment about the verb "essayer" in that link. Both "j'essaye" and "j'essaie" are accepted spellings. Similar for the conjugations for "tu," "il," and "ils." Tex made it sound like the change from "y" to "i" is necessary. Yes, "i" is more common, but "y" is also correct.

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