The letter combination en has four possible pronunciations, depending on the letters that precede and follow it.
1. At the end of a syllable after é, i, or y (as in bien), en is pronounced nasally like in.
2. After any other letter (as in sens) or on its own (when it’s a preposition or adverbial pronoun), en is pronounced nasally like an.
3. When the n is doubled at the end of a syllable, it’s pronounced [ɛn].
4. At the beginning of a word, en is usually pronounced like 2.
But in a few words the two letters are pronounced separately: [e] is the first syllable, then [n] begins the second syllable.
Of course, it’s always pronounced this way when the e has an acute accent
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