Anna
Is the final e pronounced? When I first started learning French I thought I understood that like pretty much all final letters in French; the final e was silent, usually just serving to make the consonant before it pronounced.

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?

Or

2. Is it supposed to be pronounced, but in the normal speed of conversation it gets clipped or left off?

Or

3. Is it supposed to be pronounced all the time?

Nov 5, 2017 2:32 AM
Answers · 2
Hi Anna, I'm an English teacher, not a French teacher but I have lived in France for 20 years, have French children etc... and from what I've noticed, the "e" is silent but when really enunciating a word, to make it clearly understood, it's sometimes said. I never hear it in conversation.
November 5, 2017
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Anna
Language Skills
English, French
Learning Language
French