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 a (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: