EU

French pronunciation

The letter combination eu has three possible pronunciations, two of which are very similar.

  1. When it’s the past participle of avoir, eu is pronounced like u.
  2. In an open syllable (ends in vowel sound), eu is pronounced much like "u" in the English word "put" – listen. Phonetic symbol: [ø]
  3. In a closed syllable (ends in consonant sound), the mouth is a little more open, like in the English word "hurt" – listen. Phonetic symbol: [œ]
Par exemple…
ils ont eu they had
bleu blue
deux two
monsieur sir, Mr.
une heure hour
eau gazeuse sparkling water
un fleuve river

  Notes
  • The ligature œ plus u (œu) follows rules 2 and 3.
  • The letter combination euil has its own pronunciation rules.

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