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    genres

    Would you pronounce the 's' in the plural form of the word 'genre'?

    Considering it's a French word, the final S should be silent, but do native speakers of English actually follow this rule??


    Thanks in advance for your comments.


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    Re: genres

    I do, and every American I ever heard say the word does, so...I guess I'd have to say that we do pronounce the s in genres.

    Greg

    P.S. When foreign words enter our language, they are likely to get treated the same way we treat all our other words.
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    Re: genres

    Quote Originally Posted by dragn View Post
    I do, and every American I ever heard say the word does, so...I guess I'd have to say that we do pronounce the s in genres.

    Greg

    Thank you ever so much!
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    Re: genres

    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    Would you pronounce the 's' in the plural form of the word 'genre'?

    Considering it's a French word, the final S should be silent, but do native speakers of English actually follow this rule??


    Thanks in advance for your comments.
    I think in BrE it would depend on whether they had learned much French or not. Until recently all secondary school students in England and Wales studied French, often not very successfully admittedly. I'm not sure if this is still the case, I had heard that it was no longer compulsory.

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    Re: genres

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I think in BrE it would depend on whether they had learned much French or not. Until recently all secondary school students in England and Wales studied French, often not very successfully admittedly. I'm not sure if this is still the case, I had heard that it was no longer compulsory.

    Considering your wife is French, Bhai, I'm pretty sure you don't pronounce the 'S', right??

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    Re: genres

    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    Considering your wife is French, Bhai, I'm pretty sure you don't pronounce the 'S', right??
    Well yes, I live in France so I say it "a la Franšaise."

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