Qui doen't contract before a vowel

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Lewis

Kwiziq community member

13 October 2018

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Qui doen't contract before a vowel

Qu'est-ce que tu penses?

but,

Qui est-ce qui vient ce soir?

Just wondering why 'Qui', which ends in a vowel, wouldn't contract when the following word begins with a vowel, as does the example with 'Que'?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Questions: Qui, qui est-ce qui = Who ?"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

14 October 2018

14/10/18

Only words ending in "e" contract. 

Alan

Kwiziq community member

14 October 2018

14/10/18

Mainly it's words ending in "e", but also "la" and "si".

The rules are explained here:

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/glossary/contraction/l-elision-elision

Chris

Kwiziq community member

15 October 2018

15/10/18

But si does not contract if the following vowel is an "e". It only contracts in cases such as si+il = s'il or s+ils = s'ils.

If you want a more complete summary on elisions, you can check, e.g.,
here:https://www.lawlessfrench.com/pronunciation/elision/

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

15 October 2018

15/10/18

Hi Lewis,

 In answer to your question logically, it is probably to differentiate the meanings which would be lost if you could elide both vowels - 

Qu'est-ce -que ...? = What is ...?

Qui est-ce que ...? = Who is ...?

Hope this helps.

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