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WORDS OF FRENCH ORIGIN

Updated: May 15, 2022


WORDS ENDING IN -et but sounding like -a-

- these words are of French origin

- if you are not sure about pronunciation, check it in any online dictionary

- notice that some French words are written with French accents even in English


Examples:

ballet/ˈbæleɪ/

bouquet /buːˈkeɪ/

sorbet /ˈsɔː(r)beɪ/

gourmet /ˈɡʊə(r)meɪ/

chalet /ˈʃæleɪ/

sachet /ˈsæʃeɪ/

croquet /ˈkrəʊkei/

beret /ˈbereɪ/

crochet /ˈkrəʊʃeɪ/

buffet /ˈbʊfeɪ/

Monet

Chevrolet



But:

banquet /ˈbæŋkwɪt/

filet /ˈfɪlɪt/

bullet /ˈbʊlɪt/

cabinet, carpet, market, casket, rocket, amulet, puppet, bracelet


WORDS ENDING IN -e

cliché /ˈkliːʃeɪ/

entrée /ˈɒntreɪ/


Watch out for these words too:

o CAFÉ

o NICHE

o CHEF

o DEPOT /ˈdepəʊ/


OTHER FRENCH EXPRESSIONS IN ENGLISH:

o faux pas

o a la carte

o déjà vu

o rendezvous

o au pair

o avant-garde

o baguette

o bon voyage

o canapé

o chauffeur

o chic

o crepe

o femme fatale

o pain au chocolat

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