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Final Consonants

Non-pronounced Final Consonants

Most consonants that come at the very end of a word are not pronounced.

pas
mot
chat
step
word
cat (male)
cas
trop
nord
case
too much
north

Masculine and feminine adjectives are distinguised from each other by the pronuciation or non-pronunciation of the final consonant. The addition of an e at the end of the feminine adjective makes the final consonant pronounced (see the Adjective section).

le livre vert
la jupe verte

the green book
the green skirt

Pronounced Final Consonants

Many word final consonants are pronounced.  The consonants c,r,f,or l (careful) in particular are often pronounced.

pronounced
avec
turc
with
Turk
zinc
parc

park
 
silent
estomac
tabac
porc
stomach
tobacco
pork
escroc
blanc
tronc
swindler
white
trunck
pronounced
positif
bœuf

positive
beef

œuf
neuf
egg
new
 
silent
nerf nerve    
pronounced
avril
miel
april
honey
mal
sel
bad
salt
 
silent
fusil
gentil
rifle
nice
outil
sourcil
tool
eyebrow
pronounced
par
hier

yesterday
tour
sur
tower, tour
over, above
 
silent
fier
cuiller
millier
proud
spoon (fem)_
thousand
parler
premier
to talk
first

There are particular words, besides those ending in c,r,f,or l, that have pronounced final consonants.

as
biceps
fils
index
mars
ours
sens
autobus
ace
biceps
son

March
bear
sense
bus
gaz
palmarès 
net
ouest
sud
août
le but
les mœurs
gas
award
clean
west
south
August
goal
customs, manners

Many words borrowed from foreign languages have pronounced final consonants

tennis
oasis
express
stop
  clown
islam
maïs
 

as well as words ending in -pt or -ct. 

contact
impact
district
  script
abrupt
 
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