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What is the difference between è and é?

April 29, 2020



this one"é" produces a shord /e/ like when you say "écoute" you don't need to open ur mouth that much. But this one "è"produces a long /e/ so even in phonetic its symbole changes to long one. Like in the word "mère" you pronounce it long.

Hope it s helpful. :)


This helped alot thx!


Sound samples from FORVO:

-  Répéter   (to repeat)
-  Mère   (mother)
-  Frère   (brother)


Oh ok! Thx so much!


the difference is because like if someone said ''aye how have you been'' but eh would be''eh pardon could you repeat''


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This reminds me of my French teacher. When she was annoyed by us, she would say: "Alors... phonetique!" and we had to pronounce the word "élève" https://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais/%c3%a9l%c3%a8ve/28394?q=%c3%a9l%c3%a8ve#28257 She had another popular sentence for practicing phonetique: "An bon vin blanc"


hello, I am Oikatan I study in class 5 "What is the difference between È and É?" the answer is É Aigu Accent in French and È is Grave Accent in french

1.The Aigu Accent (L’accent aigu) The Aigu accent is only ever found above an “e”, as in “é”. Its role is to change the pronunciation of the vowel. An unaccented “e” can be pronounced several different ways, but when you see “é”, there's no ambiguity. An é (e with an acute accent) is always pronounced the same way. So what way is that? Many books and websites will tell you that “é” is pronounced like the English “ay”, as in “say” or “way”.

2.The Grave Accent (L’accent grave) The grave accent can be found above an “a”, an “e”, or a “u” (à/è/ù). It does a few different things. Firstly, it's used above an “a” or “u” to distinguish words which have the same pronunciation but different meanings: a vs à:  a is the third-person singular form of avoir (“to have”)  à is a preposition that can mean “at”, “to”, or “in” ça vs çà  ça is a pronoun meaning “it” or “that”  çà is an interjection that's hard to translate. It can express worry or surprise (like saying “uh-oh!”) or it can be mere verbal filler, like saying “hey” or “well”. la vs là  la is the feminine form of the word “the” – or it other contexts it can mean “her”.  là means “there” or “that ou vs où:  ou means “or”  où means “where”. Note that this is the only word in the entire French language where you'll find a grave accent above the letter “u”! You can also find a grave accent in déjà (“already”) and deçà (“closer than”), although “déja” and “deça” without the accent aren't words. Above an “a” or a “u”, a grave accent doesn't change the pronunciation. Above an “e”, however, it tells you that the vowel is pronounced “eh”, like the “e” in “get”.

hope my answer has helped you to learn a lot more about those 2 accents



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