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Liaisons interdites - Forbidden Liaisons

Forbidden liaisons are those which cannot be pronounced no matter what register of French is being spoken. Forbidden liaisons sometimes occur when their pronunciation would otherwise cause confusion due to a similarity with another expression. 

I. After a singular noun
*Pronunciation
a father
ay hate
e bed
ee meet
eu full
uh the
u fool
(n) nasal n
zh mirage
  

**Note that the pronunciation of the Z here is enchaînement, not a liaison

***Also see required and optional liaison pages
   

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 * Liaisons
 * Enchaînement 
 * Grammar
 * Pronunciation
  
l'étudiant est prêt [lay tu dya(n) ay]*
un garçon intelligent [gar so(n) e(n) te lee zha(n)]
     
II. After names
  Thomas est parti. [to ma ay par tee]
  Albert a une copine. [al ber a oon cuh peen]
  
III. After et (and)
en haut et en bas [e(n) o ay a(n) ba]
un garçon et une fille [u(n) gar so(n) ay un feey]
  
IV. In front of an h aspiré
les héros [lay ay ro]
en haut [a(n) o]
  
V. In front of onze and oui
les onze élèves [lay o(n) zay lev]**
un oui et un non [u(n) wee ay u(n) no(n)]
  
VI. After interrogative adverbs*** and toujours
Combien en avez-vous ? [ko(n) bye(n) a(n) na vay vu]
Comment est-il ? [ko(n) ma(n) ay teel]
Quand as-tu mangé ? [ka(n) a tu ma(n) zhay]
toujours ici [tu zhu ree see]
  
VII. After inversion
Sont-ils arrivés ? [so(n) tee la ree vay]
Vont-elles assister ? [vo(n) teh la see stay]
A-t-on étudié ? [a to(n) ay tu dyay]
  Parlez-vous anglais ? [par lay vu a(n) gleh]  

   

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