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Is it possible to have double apostrophes in a single word

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Right now, I could only think of one example "les héros d'aujord'hui." I feel that it is wrong because of double elision. Let's not mind the grammar of that thing first, my point is the elision, would that be lawful in French?

11/27/2018, 12:18:23 PM

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You forgot the U in " aujourd'hui " , it's propbably a typo , otherwise yes it's correct .

It comes from latin hodie = the present day (or something like that) , which is seen in " hui" . The word "day" is in double in this term= au jour d'hui = "in the day of today" ... Well, whatever , so here is the second apostrophe and the first one because it starts with a vowel " a " , so when you use "de" it's logical that it becomes " d ' " . I hope I was clear .. ;)

11/27/2018, 12:47:46 PM

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thank you for telling me about the origins. "Aujourd'hui" has always seemed like such a strange word to me, not anymore!

11/27/2018, 1:34:17 PM

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Thanks for pointing that out, but as of now, I'm only level 18 in French and the word "aujourd'hui" is the only word that I've so far encountered that has a built-in apostrophe. I could find some other words in the future. So anyways, thanks for clarifying that double elisions is lawful.

11/28/2018, 12:37:22 PM

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there's also quelqu'un, presqu'île, and prud'homme

11/28/2018, 1:03:54 PM

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I've only encountered "quelqu'un" on your examples, but let me guess what the others mean.

So presqu'île is like presque île for me, probably a peninsula?

prud'homme, proud man?

11/28/2018, 1:18:57 PM

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yeah presqu'île is peninsula and prud'homme is like a master or expert

11/28/2018, 1:55:20 PM

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"les prud'hommes" is a sort of legal system to deal with issues concerning employees and employers .

And now, I'm searching other words with an apostrophe in them .....

11/29/2018, 11:03:05 AM
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