États-Unis

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Melisa

Kwiziq community member

23 February 2019

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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?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Using en with feminine countries and au(x) with masculine countries to say in or to (prepositions)"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

25 February 2019

25/02/19

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!

Alan

Kwiziq community member

25 February 2019

25/02/19

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

Melisa

Kwiziq community member

26 February 2019

26/02/19

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

Kwiziq community member

26 February 2019

26/02/19

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.

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