"Écrivent-elles une lettre ?"
It's really hard to tell the difference from singular and plural when listening :/
the singular form is different this time : "écrit-elle une lettre" - note there is no "v" sound.
I heard the 'v', thanks for pointing that out. That'll help 'cos there wasn't much else to go on.
That's French for you. The 's' and conjugation on the verbs like 'ent' are silent. Native speakers just know what they're talking about.
'Are they writing a letter?' is the response I gave, which seems exactly the same as the correct answer but it was put as wrong. Can you please tell me why? Thanks
That one was hare to work out. I'm pretty sure that the "ent" at the end of Ecrivent is always silent
It is true that the "en" sound is not to be heard. But you should hear the "ve", then the liaison with the final "t", like this : "écriV - T - une".
So, one does NOT pronounce the 'en' but DOES pronounce the final 't'? I had read this hint once that said one only pronounces the endings C, R, F and L. I'm getting confused on endings. Just takes time...and a long trip to France, I imagine. And younger grey cells.
The following may help you: http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons.htm