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When to Pronounce the French E as E

When to Pronounce the French E as E

When to pronounce the French E as E and not as É or È? Good question! Let’s have a look!

In this French lesson, we are going to learn when to pronounce the French E as E (like in the alphabet). E in French can be pronounced as é, as è, or it can be silent. It can also be part of a group of letters forming a specific sound (en – ein – eu – etc).

In this French lesson, I listed 100 common French words where E is pronounced as E, with examples. I highlighted the E in each word to make it easy for you.
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When to Pronounce E as E - 100 French Examples with Audio

When to Pronounce the French E as E

What is the rule for E pronounced as E in French?

The general rule is that if e is followed by one consonant, e will stay e.

Petit – pronounced as e

If it’s followed by two consonants, it usually turns into the sound è.

Dernier – pronounced as è

In small words, two to three letters, the final e is also pronounced as e.

Not included in this lesson – French words where e can be silent or pronounced. Acheter – Ach’ter (to buy).

100 Examples with French Audio

In small words

Pronouns

Je – I

Je m’appelle Dylane.
My name is Dylane.

MeMe

Il me donne une pomme.
He is giving me an apple.

TeYou

Il te demande quelque chose.
He is asking you something.

Se – part of a reflexive verb

Il se regarde dans le miroir.
He is looking at himself in the mirror.

Articles

LeThe

Le chat est sur la table.
The cat is on the table.

De l’ – De laSome

J’ai toujours de la chance.
I’m always lucky.

Pronouns

CeThis/That

Ce n’est pas bien de se moquer des gens.
It’s not good to make fun of people.

CelaThis/That

Cela ne me regarde pas.
This does not concern me.

CeluiThis one/That one/The one

Celui que j’ai commandé est rose.
The one I ordered is pink.

LequelWhich one

Lequel est-ce que tu veux ?
Which one do you want?

Negation (all types)

Ne … pasNot

Je ne regarde pas la télévision le matin.
I don’t watch television in the morning.

Ne … plusNot anymore

Elle ne me parle plus.
She doesn’t talk to me anymore.

Ne … queOnly

Tu ne veux qu’une tranche de pain ?
Do you just want a slice of bread?

Preposition

DeTo/Of

Je refuse de travailler plus.
I refuse to work more.

Words with que

QueThat

C’est la maison que nous voudrions acheter.
This is the house we would like to buy.

LorsqueWhen

Appelle-moi lorsque tu arrives.
Call me when you arrive.

Parce que Because

Il ne peut pas venir parce que ses ne sont pas bonnes.
He can’t come because his health isn’t good.

Presque Almost

Presque toute la famille sera là.
Almost the whole family will be there.

Puisque Since

Puisque tu le dis !
Since you say so!

Quelques – A few

J’ai quelques achats à faire cet après-midi.
I have some shopping to do this afternoon.

Specific words

Days of the week

Mercredi – Wednesday

Le mercredi est mon jour préféré.
Wednesday is my favorite day.

Vendredi – Friday

Est-ce que tu travailles ce vendredi ?
Are you working this Friday?

Adverbs

Au-dessous – Below

Le livre est au-dessous de la table.
The book is under the table.

Au-dessus – Above

Ma chambre est au-dessus de la salle-de-bain.
My bedroom is above the bathroom.

Debout – Standing

Il ne peut pas rester debout très longtemps.
He can’t stay up for very long.

Dedans – Inside

Qu’est-ce que tu as mis dedans ?
What did you put in it?

Dehors – Outside

Le chien est dehors.
The dog is outside.

Demain – Tomorrow

Est-ce que tu es libre demain ?
Are you free tomorrow?

Depuis – Since

Depuis quand est-ce que tu travailles ?
How long have you been working?

Selon – According to

Selon moi, ce n’est pas une bonne idée.
In my opinion, this is not a good idea.

Simplement – Simply/Just

Réponds simplement à la question.
Just answer the question.

Nouns

L’Angleterre – England

L’Angleterre est une île.
England is an island.

Du céleri – Some celery

Est-ce que tu veux un peu de céleri ?
Do you want some celery?

Une cerise – A cherry

Ces cerises sont délicieuses.
These cherries are delicious.

Un cerisier – A cherry tree

Le cerisier est en fleurs.
The cherry tree is in bloom.

Une chemise – A shirt

Sa chemise blanche est tachée.
His white shirt is stained.

Un cheval – A horse

Le cheval est dans le pré.
The horse is in the meadow.

Des cheveux – Hair

Je perds mes cheveux depuis des mois.
I’ve been losing my hair for months.

Une crevette – A shrimp

Ces crevettes sont délicieuses.
These shrimps are delicious.

Une demi-heure – A half hour

Cela fait une demi-heure que je t’attends.
I’ve been waiting for you for half an hour.

Une demoiselle – Miss/ A young lady

Cette demoiselle est arrivée avant vous.
This young lady arrived before you.

Un devoir – A homework

Est-ce que tu as fait tes devoirs ?
Have you done your homework?

Une fenêtre – A window

La fenêtre est ouverte.
The window is open.

Un genou – A knee

J’ai de plus en plus mal au genou.
My knee hurts more and more.

Une grenade – Pomegrenate

Les grenades poussent en Tunisie.
Pomegranates grow in Tunisia.

Une grenouille – A frog

La grenouille saute dans l’étang.
The frog jumps into the pond.

Un melon – A watermelon

Rien de tel qu’une tranche de melon.
Nothing like a slice of melon.

Une menace – A threat  

Il doit aller à la police car il a reçu des menaces.
He has to go to the police because he has received threats.

Un menuisier – Une menuisière – A carpenter

Elle veut devenir menuisière.
She wants to become a carpenter.

Une mesure – A measurement

Est-ce que tu as la mesure de la porte ?
Do you have the measurement of the door?

Un pamplemousse – A grapefruit

J’ai envie d’un pamplemousse.
I want a grapefruit.

La pelouse – The lawn

Il va tondre la pelouse ce soir.
He’s going to mow the lawn tonight.

Un portefeuille – A wallet

Tu as encore perdu ton portefeuille ?
Did you lose your wallet again?

Une recette – A recipe

Est-ce que je peux avoir ta recette ?
Can I have your recipe?

Une recherche – A search

La recherche contre le cancer avance doucement.
Cancer research is progressing slowly.

Un renard – A fox

Le renard vit près de l’arbre.
The fox lives near the tree.

Une ressource – A resource

Cette association a peu de ressources.
This association has few resources.

Le retard – The delay

Ton retard est inexcusable.
Your delay is inexcusable.

Le retour – The return

On sera de retour demain matin.
We’ll be back tomorrow morning.

Une seconde – A second

Il y a soixante secondes dans une minute.
There are sixty seconds in a minute.

Un – une secrétaire – A secretary

Le secrétaire vient d’envoyer les documents.
The secretary has just sent the documents.

Une semaine – A week

Cette semaine est interminable.
This week is endless.

Un semestre – A semester

Un semestre est fait de 6 mois.
A semester is made up of 6 months.

Un vigneron – une vigneronne – A winemaker

Mon voisin est vigneron.
My neighbor is a winegrower.

Verbs

Demander – To ask

Tu as demandé à ton professeur pour partir plus tôt ?
Did you ask your teacher to leave early?

Deviner – To guess

Devine ce que j’ai reçu ce matin !
Guess what I got this morning!

Enregistrer – To save

J’ai oublié d’enregistrer mon document.
I forgot to save my document.

Épeler – To spell

C’est important de savoir épeler son nom.
It’s important to know how to spell your name.

Geler – To freeze

Il va geler ce week-end.
It’s going to freeze this weekend.

Jeter – To throw away

Il faut éviter de jeter ce qui peut encore servir.
Avoid throwing away anything that can still be used.

Mener – To lead/To conduct

Il a me la réunion sans problèmes.
He conducted the meeting without problems.

Mesurer – To measure

Elle a oublié de mesurer la fenêtre.
She forgot to measure the window.

Obtenir – To get

Il a réussi à obtenir une bourse d’études.
He managed to get a scholarship.

Peler – To peel

Tu n’es pas obligé de peler les carottes.
You don’t have to peel the carrots.

Peser – To weigh

Il faut peser les ingrédients pour la recette.
You must weigh the ingredients for the recipe.

Recycler – To recycle

Recycler est important pour la planète.
Recycling is important for the planet.

Regarder – To look

Regarde cet oiseau dans l’arbre !
Look at that bird in the tree!

Regretter – To regret

Je regrette de ne pas avoir voyagé plus.
I regret not having traveled more.

Rejoindre – To join

On vous rejoindra dans la soirée.
We will join you in the evening.

Remarquer – To notice

Tu n’as rien remarqué ?
Didn’t you notice anything?

Remercier – To thank

Nous avons remercié nos invités.
We thanked our guests.

Repasser – To iron

Je déteste repasser.
I hate ironing.

Ressembler – To look like

Tu ressembles beaucoup à ton père.
You look a lot like your father.

Ressentir – To feel

Qu’est-ce que vous ressentez ?
What do you feel?

Retirer – To take off

Retire tes pieds de la table.
Take your feet off the table.

Retrouver – To find

On a retrouvé nos clés.
We found our keys.

Se reposer – To rest

Ils ont besoin de se reposer.
They need to rest.

Tenir – To hold

Est-ce que tu peux tenir mon sac ?
Can you hold my bag?

Retenir – To remember

Il arrive toujours à tout retenir.
He always manages to remember everything.

Contenir – To hold (as space)

Ma valise ne peut pas contenir plus de vêtements.
My suitcase can’t hold more clothes.

Venir – To come

Tu penses pouvoir venir avec nous ?
Do you think you can come with us?

Devenir – To become

Il veut devenir astronaute.
He wants to become an astronaut.

Revenir – To come back

On pense revenir ce soir.
We’re thinking of coming back this evening.

Re + verb

Recharger – To recharge

On a rechargé nos batteries pendant les vacances.
We recharged our batteries during the holidays.

Recommencer – To restart

Est-ce que tu peux recommencer ?
Can you start again?

Recopier – To copy

Il a tout recopié sur son ordinateur.
He copied everything onto his computer.

Redémarrer – To start again

La voiture a redémarré après quelques minutes.
The car started again after a few minutes.

Revoir – To see again

J’aimerais beaucoup vous revoir.
I would love to see you again.

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