États-Unis

MelisaA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

États-Unis

"For pronunciation reasons, you will use en with masculine countries starting with a vowel" yet États-Unis is using aux. Is that only because it is plural?

Asked 8 months ago
AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

I guess the point is that there is no issue with pronunciation when using aux, because the 'x' will be pronounced as 'z'.

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Melisa, 

The United States of America is 'Les États-Unis d'Amérique' in French so you would say -

Je vais aux État-Unis le mois prochain I am going to the United States next month.

Because -

à + les = aux 

Hope this helps!

MelisaA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Oh, I didn't think about the liaison. I'm never sure when there is one and when there isn't since it seems like there frequently isn't and I haven't found a rule for it. Thank you Alan and Cécile.

MelisaA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Oh, I didn't think about the liaison. I'm never sure when there is one and when there isn't since it seems like there frequently isn't and I haven't found a rule for it. Thank you Alan and Cécile.

Melisa asked:View original

États-Unis

"For pronunciation reasons, you will use en with masculine countries starting with a vowel" yet États-Unis is using aux. Is that only because it is plural?

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