https://www.duolingo.com/OliveKalamata

Liaison - "veut"

So, the ladybot says, "Il veut être seul" without pronouncing the "t" in "veut". Does liaison not apply to veut or is Ladybot reinterpreting this?

September 15, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/1km
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According to this, between two-part verbal structures the liaison is optional: http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons-o.htm

September 15, 2012

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Both are aceptable, although 'il veut-t-être seul' is preferable for it is more elegant (no hiatus between two vowel sounds). So Ladybot is (once again) not perfect...

September 15, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/1km
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The Ladybot is correct - I would not sound the "t". Is there now a female Duobot and do we now have to concern ourselves with the gender of Duolingo as well as French <g>?

September 15, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/OliveKalamata

Ah, okay. Thank you both for your insights. And 1km, I hear the next set of lessons DuoLingo will be releasing is called Duolingobotgender. :-)

September 16, 2012
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