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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kathrine_wu

When is 'r' silent at the end of a word?

When is 'r' silent at the end of a word? For example, the 'r' in 'papier' is silent, but the 'r' in 'avenir' is not. Please help! Thanks.

March 9, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamel7ieme

Not that I'm an expert, but I believe words ending in -er do not pronounce the 'r' and everything else sort of gutturally alludes to it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rachel_Margison

Like everyone else has said; it's with verbs ending in -er.

I also like to remember the phrase:

"Hey guys, don't say this please x"

In which every first letter is silent in French if they are at the end of a word. So the H, G, D, S, T, P, and X are all silent if they are at the end of a French word. (The H is usually silent at the beginning too.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrenchFrie87

Not true in all case for the "x" : "Index" the x "is not muted. But it's true with words ending with "eux".

"You're right for the "t" that forgot too".

words ending with "h" , "g", "d", and "p" are pretty rare...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rachel_Margison

Evidently there are going to be exceptions with every language. I'm just re-phrasing what my French teacher taught me when I was learning French.

This phrase is one that is taught quite early on; before anyone knows about the exceptions. (At least, that's what my French teacher taught me in school.) As for the words that are seeming rare... It still counts, right?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrenchFrie87

Hello,

All the words ending with "er" are pronounced "é" or "è". I dont really pay attention to which one when i'm talking though...!

In all remaining situations, the r is not silent when ending a word.

It's true that most of words ending with "er" are verbs, but not always.

Example : Olives tree = Olivier. (which is also a name by the way", like "Oliver".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Consonants at the end of a word are usually silent if the following word begins with a consonant.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nicholas_ashley

In general consonants are silent at the end of a word, when each word is spoken individually. However, in general, they are pronounced if the word ends with f, l, c or r. (To remember the four consonants you can use the mnemonic careful).

However, there are many exceptions for words ending in c, f, l or r, for example:

Monsieur - the final 'r' is not pronounced.
premier - the final 'r' is not pronounced.
if a French word ends in r and r is preceded by e then r not pronounced (example the infinitive of all verbs ending in er)

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