The letter combination ti is one of the most variable in French. Since each letter has two possible sounds, the combination has four potential pronunciations, depending on the letters that precede and follow.
1) In consonant + ti + vowel, ti is usually pronounced like an s followed by a y sound (IPA spelling [sj], Lawless phonetic spelling [sy]).
2) When vowel + tie is at the end of a word, the pronunciation is [si].
3) Ti is pronounced [tj]
- in the letter combination –sti + vowel
- in the words amitié, moitié, and pitié (but not initié, in which it’s [sj])
4) Ti is pronounced [ti]
- in the prefix anti-
- in the letter combination consonant + tie
- when followed by a consonant
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