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    > Other French exercises on the same topics: Accents: é à ... | Spelling [Change theme]
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    French accents


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    FRENCH ACCENTS

    In French, different accents modify the sound

    The acute accent when it is on the vowel e.
    Eg. : L'été ; un éléphant.

    The grave accent : You'll find it on e - a - u.
    Eg. : Le frère ; ; .

    The circumflex accent is possible on all the vowels except y.
    Eg. : La tête ; le râteau, mûr ; drôle ; l'abîme.
    This accent often comes from the the old French language and substitutes for a missing –S-:
    la fête was written: la feste.

    Generally, the –S- is back in some words of the same family:
    Eg : La bête -> La bestiole - L'hôpital – hospitalier / hospitalisé.

    Sometimes grave and circumflex accents can be used to make two homonyms different:
    Eg : a and à, - ou and - sur et sûr...

    When is an accent necessary?

    In order to know it, you have to separate the group of phonemes syllable

    If a sounded - é/è - syllable ends with a consonant, there is no need to insert an accent.

    Eg. : ter/ ri/ ble - ef / fer/ ves /cen/ ce - pa/ ter/ nel com/ plet

    If a sounded - é/è - syllable ends with a vowel, you have to insert an accent.

    Eg. : in /té/ res/ sant sé/ ré/ ni/ té fer/ me/ té com/ plè/ te brè/ ve

    Acute accent ' é ' or grave accent ' è ' ?

    Take a look at the syllable at the end of the following words.

    If the syllable ends in a mute - e - , the grave accent - è – is necessary.

    Eg. : pè/ re - der/ niè/ re - chè/ vre
    Mystère - trèfle, lèpre, mère, frère…..

    And sometimes you'll find it in the middle of the word:
    Eg :
    enlèvement

    In the other cases you'll insert an acute accent -é -.

    Ex. : é/ / phant l'hé/ té/ ro/ gé/ né/ ité

    Mélodie, répétition, clémentine, générique……

    The words ending in -s -

    When a grave accent is necessary in a unique or last syllable, the word ends by -s - :

    - après, près, exprès, auprès, très, procès, excès...

    - dès = preposition (to differentiate it from - des - article)

    EXERCISE: You are given ten sentences. Please select the right answer.

    Good luck !





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    1. Mon est parti en voyage.

    2. L' d'Afrique doit être protégé.

    3. Je suis d'accord avec vous !

    4. Il a fait un orage hier.

    5. Les deux équipes étaient à jusqu'à cette pénalité.

    6. Ce a fait la une de tous les journaux.

    7. J'ai assisté à la générale du gala de danse.

    8. Le reste entier.









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