. asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 10 years ago

Does French liaison occur between a verb and a following noun phrase?

...& is it obligatory?

for example

Je suis_aux_Etats-Unis.

Je vais_en France.

Nous_avons_une clef.

I was curious because the examples in the wikipedia article did not include these; they did say that a noun phrase subject cannot make liaison with a following verb (ie Mes_amis arrivent.)

Update:

If that is the Ryemtil, then how do you pronounce:

Ils parlent_aux_enfants.

This is important for me to know for all the tenses.

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  • 10 years ago
    Best Answer

    Theoretically.

    ln practice you say :

    Je suis aux_Etats Unis.

    Je vais en France.

    Nous_avons une clef.

    However you're allowed to pronounce all the liaisons. lt's definitely correct.

    lt's true you say mes_amis arrivent, les fenêtres ouvrent, les gens entendent. Just you say ils_arrivent, elles_ouvrent, ils_entendent.

  • 3 years ago

    Prendre=take Avoir=have Etre=be(to be) Faire=do some thing Vouloir=favor Pouvoir=might want to Mettre=positioned Dire=say Lire=study Ecrire=write Voir=see Recevoir=recieve Boire=drink Devoir=ought to

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Yes you do. The only exception here is the last example you gave - there is no consonant sound at the end of "avons" (the "ns" is silent, it just shapes the sound of the "o") and that doesn't change even if the following noun starts with a vowel. I don't know if there's a specific rule for it, I only know it from speaking the language.

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