Today, I want to share with you a mistake that comes back over and over again. Those 3 irritating unreliable letters at the end of words… you know the ones I mean…

E  N  T

Do I pronounce them or not? Do I make the sound “ent” or is it silent?

Super facile! Super easy.

Here’s there answer for you!

Yes yes ok. French pronunciation doesn’t always make sense. You’re right. But sometimes you have nice little rules that you can trust!

1- ENT at the end of a verb is NOT pronounced

Par exemple:

They eat: ils mangent
They drink: ils boivent
They travel: ils voyagent


And you can keep going like that!

The plural ending for French verbs, almost always, is ENT. So if you see ENT at the end of a French verb you simply do not pronounce it and that is it!

Now it doesn’t mean you don’t ever get to pronounce the ENT at the end of French words! Non non non!

2- ENT at the end of a noun IS pronounced

Par exemple:

An apartment: un appartement

A monument: un monument

A government: un gouvernement

You see? So if it’s a noun, you say “ent”. Also, little tip for you here, nouns that finish in en all tend to be masculine!

3- ENT at the end of a adjective IS pronounced

Par exemple:

Happy: content
Transparent: transparent
Excellent: excellent

You see? So if it’s an adjective, you say “ent”

4- ENT at the end of a adverb IS pronounced

Par exemple:

Absolutely: absolument
Fortunately: heureusement
Quickly: rapidement

So you see it’s not that hard!

If it’s a verb you don’t pronounce the “ENT”

If it’s not a verb, you do pronounce the “ENT”

Et voilà! C’est facile, non?

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