Posted by pak on .
Is there some kind of rule in French that you don't sound the last consonant of a word? And I want to know what is the difference between tous and tout?
Bonjour, Pak and thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. Yes, there are rules for pronunciation in French. Generally you do not hear the final consonant, unless there is a vowel after it. With the adjective "tout, "tous" the endings are silent but with "toute" you hear the final "t" because of the vowel "e."
Here are some sites you might like to have pronunciation:
3. (sound files here): http://french.about.com/od/pronunciation/French_Pronunciation_Lessons_and_Activities.htm
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Bonne chance, Mme
Thanks. I also want to know the meaning for tous and tout.
Salut, encore une fois! Let me give you some good dictionaries online. As an investment in your "future" and your study of French, invest in a good paperback English ---> French, French ---> English. When you're ready for a lesson on How to use the Dictionary, let me know!
Here's what you would find on the first dictionary:
Principal Translations/Principales traductions
tout (l'ensemble de, tout entier)adjall (the whole of)
tout (entièrement)advall (completely)
tout (tout compris)advaltogether (all, all included)
tout (ensemble)nmwhole (all of)
The difference between tous and tout is rather simple, and I'm afraid that you didn't get the answer you were looking for in the previous response. If not..I hope this helps:
Tous is the plural of tout!
And toutes is the plural of toute.