Pronunciation of M. & Mme?

MelisaA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Pronunciation of M. & Mme?

In "M. Dupont et Mme Vichy vont au bureau." above, it sounds like M. is just being pronounced as the letter M and not as monsieur but Mme is pronounced as madame. Is that really how this would be said aloud? Also, is it correct that the M. has a period to denote abbreviation but the Mme does not? Is there a rule to help explain this?

Asked 10 months ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Melisa !

First, yes M. needs the period to make it clear that it's the abbreviation of "Monsieur" and not just the letter M, where Mme is obvious enough not to necessitate this :)

As for the audio file, it was an error, and thanks to you, I've now fixed it to read "Monsieur" as it should!

Merci et à bientôt !

MelisaA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thank you! The audio files for every example are one of the most helpful features of this site. 

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Pronunciation of M. & Mme?

In "M. Dupont et Mme Vichy vont au bureau." above, it sounds like M. is just being pronounced as the letter M and not as monsieur but Mme is pronounced as madame. Is that really how this would be said aloud? Also, is it correct that the M. has a period to denote abbreviation but the Mme does not? Is there a rule to help explain this?

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