Grave accent – accent grave


Let's Define It!

What's the *grave accent*?

In the French language, the grave accent [accent grave] (`)is placed above the letter [a] (« à »), [e] (« è »),  and [u] (« ù »).

When the accent grave is placed over a the letter [e], it usually indicates the lengthening of this [è] as in "Je me lève" (I get up).

In the case of [a] and [u] the accent is usually placed to differentiate between words, for example, à (to) vs (has) or où (where) vs ou (or).



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?

Find below a couple of French words taking the grave accent:

père (father)

là (there)




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What did you learn?