Pronunciation of conjugated verbs

I'm a little confused when the ending of a verb is pronounced and when it is not. For example "manger" - mangeons ( the -ons is pronounced) but mangent (the - ent isn't).

Firstly, am I correct and secondly is there a rule?


July 22, 2012


First, you are correct. Manges, mange and mangent all sound the same, Mangeons and mangez are the exceptions. There was a different pronunciation question asked earlier. Although it is not the same the answers may be useful :

I can't answer your second question. I don't know if there is a rule that covers everything, but the same pattern is found in all the verbs which are conjugated like "manger" - which is the most common type of verb. They say that all the new verbs recently arrived, or just arriving, in dictionaries are conjugated like this.

July 22, 2012

There is a very simple rule!

These conjugations are stem accentuated: 1. sg., 2. sg., 3. sg. and 3. pl.

These conjugations are ending accentuated: 1. pl., 2. pl.

(No idea if these words exist! In German you would call them "stammbetont" and "endungsbetont", sorry.)

July 22, 2012
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