Translation:They found ten kilograms of drugs in her bag.
She says /dis kilo/ rather than /di kilo/. Is it correct (or at least optional) to pronounce the x in dix before kilos?
2021-feb-8 update, from Le Petit Robert 2021: Se pronounce [diz] devant un mot commençant par une voyelle ou un h muet, [di] devant un mot commençant par une consonne, [dis] dans les autres cas. (Emphasis mine.)
The robo voices, here and on Google, are simply wrong.
Good question. I checked various online translation tools and got both pronunciations. I also checked other nouns beginning with consonants. Google Translate gave me '[dis] mille', but '[di] mois'. I also failed to find a single page discussing the pronunciation of this word that gave any hint that the x should be pronounced before a consonant. So i can't draw a definitive conclusion (though it seems to be optional). I hope somebody who knows the answer can chime in.
I am a programmer, though I haven't worked on natural language. I suspect French speech synthesis is particularly difficult, given enchaînement and liaisons and things like how bon is pronounced bonne before a vowel but mon retains the nasal vowel. I envision a lot of rules and tables of exceptions. The French natives here have confirmed several mispronunciations, though they have not weighed in on this one.
It seems that in nearly 3,000 pages of tiny print that my new dictionary (it arrived Saturday) would have mentioned any optionality here.
Having seen the singular drogue put into English as the plural drugs, I assumed that drogue was an uncountable noun in French, and used this form in this exercise. It was accepted, in spite of the model answer using the plural drogues. Does this noun have both countable and uncountable uses? Or, my answer shouldn't have been accepted?
Only when the participle follows the object or subject it refers to. So this is correct, but if you put it another way, the participle would have to agree, like this - Voici les drogues que nous avons trouvées dans son sac. Here, trouvées matches the gender and number of drogues because it comes after. Another example: Dix kilos de drogues ont été trouvés dans son sac. Here, trouvés matches with dix kilos because the subject is not drugs, but ten kilos of drugs.