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Is "Ils ont" and "Ils sont" pronounced the same way?

Due to "o" being vowel, we link them to sound better, while in the other, the "s" is silent, right?

April 22, 2018

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When a -s makes a liaison, it makes a soft /z/ sound, which is distinct from the hard /s/ sound at the begining of sont:

'Ils ont' is /ilz_õ/ while 'ils sont' is /il sõ/

In casual speech it's common to drop the l sound, but the laison remains, giving /izõ/ and /isõ/

April 22, 2018

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Seconding this

April 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Bemerauld

Thanks

cough

I mean

Merci

April 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Seattle_scott

Yes, this. If when you're listening you hear a z sound, it's "ils ont". If you hear an s sound, it's "ils sont". But the above is a better technical explanation of that phonetically.

April 23, 2018
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