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Add a "t" in a sentence in French

Hello guys, above all, thanks for spending your time with this stupid question. It's hard to explain, but i heard a guy saying that in some sentences, it's added a 't' to make some sentences sound more natural. That's the best way i have to explain this. Unfortunately i don't have a sentence to use as an example. Any help is appreciated.

May 31, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin

Hey, EltonFreitas9! First of all, I don't think any question related to language learning is "stupid," so please ask away with any French questions you have!

To answer your question, there is a time when you add a "t" to a French sentence, and that is when you ask certain questions that use inversion. For example: "Aime-t-elle le chat? (Does she like the cat?)" The "t" is added because it is surrounded by vowels.

You can see why this is important in this example: "A-t-il un ami? (Does he have a friend?)" If you say that in French without the "t," it sounds strange as the "a" in the beginning will blend in with the "i" in "il," that's why the "t" is added so the two words sound distinct from each other.

Whew, I hope I answered your question clearly! Let me know if you have more questions and I wish you the best in French! :-)

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dany650m

20 / 20 !! :)

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin

Grazie mille, Dany650m! :-)

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/EltonFreitas9

Your answer is just what i needed. Thanks a lot buddy

May 31, 2018

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    It's called T-inversion and it's done to maintain euphony. It's mentioned in the tips and notes of the Questions module.

    https://www.duolingo.com/skill/fr/Questions/tips-and-notes

    You can read more about euphony in the French language here:

    https://www.thoughtco.com/euphony-french-pronunciation-1364613

    That article also discusses T-inversion.

    May 31, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/EltonFreitas9

    Thanks

    May 31, 2018
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