Since I have started studying French again some 25 years later, I have been using a variety of sources. I have noticed that many of the learning tools I am using have native speakers pronouncing a final e in words, especially when giving the pronunciation of an individual word. They even made a distinction between words I thought were homophones like quel and quelle. Yet in conversation examples, I usually don't hear the final e.
So my question is, should a final e be pronounced?
1. Is it supposed to be silent, but they are over-enunciating to make the vocabulary more clear?
2. Is it supposed to be pronounced, but in the normal speed of conversation it gets clipped or left off?
3. Is it supposed to be pronounced all the time?