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Les verbes "ALLER" et "ALLIER"
Bon matin, tlm! Bon jeudi! The French verbs ALLER and ALLIER look so much alike that it is weird to me. Just one mere letter changes the meanings too. ALLER means "to go" while "ALLIER" means to "ally, alloy, combine, mix." I guess you have to be careful when you use these. Why is that?
FrereRobert C. Aux USA (Michigan)
Add an H to "sit" and it changes its meaning pretty dramatically, too. There are thousands of pairs of words, in English as in French, that are distinguished by only a single letter.
As for aller and allier, they're easy to tell apart in speech. "Allier" has three syllables; "aller" has only two.
Cher Andy: Merci, mon ami en Ohio! :D!!!
Nice example! lol
You're right that aller and allier are pronounced differently; however, they both have just two syllables.
aller = [a le]
allier = [a lje] (not "a li e")
[j] represents a semi-vowel pronounced like "y," which diphthongs with the vowel that follows, rather than adding an additional syllable.
In French, what a difference an -i- makes, in English, what a difference an -e- makes - you could, of course, walk along an ALLEY to meet your ALLY. 😉