Asked • 03/19/19

When to put an accent on the letter E?

I've encountered the rule on writing accents: * When at the end of a syllable and not at the end of a word, a vowel gets an accent.Examples:> épître (é-pî-tre);> pénétrer (pé-né-trer);> été (é-té);> célèbre (cé-lè-bre)But also there are the same cases (end of a syllable) where accent is not set and ‘*e* muet’ is pronouncedExamples:> secret (se-cret);> petit (pe-tit);> fenêtre (fe-nê-tre);> samedi (sa-me-di);> leçon (le-çon)What is the general rule that governs accent writing for *e* and ‘*e* muet‘?

Janet B.

It depends on the pronunciation of that "e." If the "e" sounds like the vowels in the English word "good," then there is no accent. That is the actual sound of that vowel. Example: je le de secret petit If the "e" sounds like "ay" in the English word "day," then you need to have an accent aigu on it. *My laptop cannot write out French accent marks, sorry. If the "e" sounds like the vowel in the English word "red," then you need an accent grave.


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