Never Pronounce This In French: ENT On Verb Ending

One of the most common mistakes people make when learning to speak French is pronouncing the “ent” on the end of the third-person plural verb, or the “they” form.

Here’s what I mean. Take the verb “nager” for example. Conjugation in the present tense:

je nage I swim
tu nages you swim
il/elle nage he/she swims
nous nageons we swim
vous nagez you swim
ils/elles nagent they swim

Skip the -end on verbs!

The common mistake here is the temptation to want to pronounce the ils/elles form “ils nage-unt” as if you’re supposed to say that “ent” sound. Don’t say it at all!┬áIn fact, ignore it. It’s totally silent.

So, you pronounce “ils nagent” the EXACT same way you pronounce the je, tu and il/elle forms: “nage”.

I hope this has helped. When reading French every time you come to an “ENT” on the end of a verb in the ils/elles form just IGNORE IT.

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  1. Jan Berk says

    Thanks that was very helpful while I prepared for my upcoming speaking exam !

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