Acute (accent) – accent aigu


Let's Define It!

What's the *acute* accent?

In the French language, the acute accent [accent aigu] is placed above the letter [e] (« é ») in order to distinguish the closed phoneme /e/ from the phoneme /ə/.

I know, I know...If you're not yet familiar with phonemes, IPA characters and symbols, and similar phonetic jargon, you might find this definition confusing to say the least.

So to speak in layman terms, I will just say that the French acute accent on the letter [e] helps you separate and read correctly words such as mangé/mange or donné/donne.


Let's Pronounce It!

What does it sound like in French?


Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

Some contrasting examples:

  1. tablé / table
  2. empiré / empire
  3. désolé/désole


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