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French Optional Liaisons

French Optional Liaisons

French liaisons can be required – optional – forbidden. Today, we are focusing on French Optional Liaisons, which you can choose to pronounce or not. Remember that French liaisons are made for the language to have a good flow and not sound broken. Here are the 5 optional French liaisons with examples and audio.
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The 5 cases when French Optional Liaisons can be used

French liaisons are optional: 

  • after longer adverbs and prepositions

  • between 2 verbs in compound tenses and between a conjugated verb and an infinitive verb.

  • after plural nouns

  • after est and sont

  • after pas – trop – fort

Let’s see some examples for each situation. 

1. After longer adverbs and prepositions

Liaisons after longer adverbs and prepositions are optional in French.

Tellement
Il y a tellement à voir = Il y a tellement Tà voir. 

There is so much to see.
Pronounced and not pronounced. 50/50.

Après
On arrivera après eux
 = On arrivera après Zeux. 
We will arrive after them.
Formal when pronounced.

Depuis
Je l’attends depuis une heure de l’après-midi
 = Je l’attends depuis Zune heure de l’après-midi. 
I’ve been waiting for him since one o’clock in the afternoon.
Formal when pronounced.

2. Between 2 verbs in compound tenses and between a conjugated verb and an infinitive verb.

Liaisons between two verbs are optional in French.

Ils sont allés au magasin ce matin = Ils sont Tallés au magasin ce matin.
They went to the store this morning.

Nous avons enregistré le document = Nous avons Zenregistré le document.
We saved the document. 

Ils ont eu une mauvaise journée = Ils ont Teu une mauvaise journée.
They had a bad day.

Pronounced and not pronounced. 50/50.

3. After plural nouns

Liaisons after plural nouns are optional in French.

Les enfants iront à l’école demain matin = Les enfants Ziront à l’école demain matin.
The children will go to school tomorrow morning.

Pronounced and not pronounced. 50/50.

4. After est and sont

Liaisons after est and sont are optional in French.

Il est ici = Il est Tici.
He is here.

Ils sont heureux = Ils sont Theureux.
They are happy.

Mon amie est à l’heure = Mon amie est Tà l’heure.
My friend is on time.

Mes parents sont en retard = Mes parents sont Ten retard.
My parents are late.

C’est à toi ? = C’est Tà toi ?
Is it yours?

Pronounced and not pronounced. 50/50.

5. After pas - trop - fort

Liaisons after pastropfort are optional in French.

Pas
Je n’ai pas assez d’argent = Je n’ai pas Zassez d’argent.
I don’t have enough money.
Pronounced and not pronounced. 50/50.


Trop
Il s’est trop emporté = Il s’est trop Pemporté.
He got too carried away.
Pronounced and not pronounced. 50/50.


Fort
C’est fort apprécié = C’est fort Tapprécié.
It’s much appreciated.
Formal when pronounced.

Keep learning, check out these other French lessons:

Video: French Optional Liaison Lessons

If you prefer to watch a video lesson, you can watch this video.

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