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Re: Clair, are you paying attention? Useful expressions!

So, how do you say au cas où?

Now I am generally quite good at making les petites liaisons when it is elegant or obligatoire to do so.  With this phrase, all my friends and neighbours say au cas où and that is therefore what I say and I am easily understood.

However, I met a man today who said au ca zoù.  I asked him whether that was the way it should be said.  He told me it depended on which part of France you are from as to how you say it.  And here in the south-west, I prompted him?

He laughed and said that in the south-west, we pay little attention to things like that and not to accent either.  Yes, yes, I can hear many of you saying, it doesn't bloody matter.  But I am a student of the language and these types of little details hold endless fascination for me.

Tell me, then, what do YOU say or, more importantly, what do your friends and associates say?

Ericd, what do YOU say?Smile [:)]

Sovereignty: the right to eat cholorinated chicken.
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Re: Clair, are you paying attention? Useful expressions!

Nimty, did you manage to find the little book I suggested? I am waiting for my little bird to get back from sailing the seas so we can play a parlour game based on the expressions.
Too thick for a PhD!
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Re: Clair, are you paying attention? Useful expressions!

The site forvo.com is good for hearing the pronunciation of these phrases and gives both pronunciations though they seem a little slow.
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Re: Clair, are you paying attention? Useful expressions!

I say 'en ca ou' with no "z".
I have never heard it with...

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Re: Clair, are you paying attention? Useful expressions!

Since reading your replies, Wooly and Norman, I did a bit of googling and the following is quite illuminating:
https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/au-cas-o%C3%B9-le-cas-%C3%A9ch%C3%A9ant-liaison.552314/

What I think the most elegant way to do it is to say au cas où if you are beginning a sentence with it (followed by a phrase) or to say au ca zou if you are ending a sentence.  And, indeed, the man I spoke to used it at the end of his sentence, if I remember correctly.

Makes a change for me to speak to a well-spoken man instead of exchanging friendly banter with friends and neighbours.

Wools, I found that book but I think it might be a bit too "difficult" for me.  I do have a box of cards which is in the form of a game with French expressions which a French friend gave me a couple of years ago.  If only I could find where I have put it for safe-keeping.................Blush [:$]

Sovereignty: the right to eat cholorinated chicken.
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Re: Clair, are you paying attention? Useful expressions!

Surely he is just pronouncing the silent "s" and not a Z?

 

I think that I have heard it pronounced at the end of a sentence, next time I hear it spoken it will sonner une cloche with me!!


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Re: Clair, are you paying attention? Useful expressions!

Chance, of course, a single "s" sounds like a "z".  Two ss's however would sound like an English "s": un désert and un dessert.

I used a "z" to reproduce the sound correctly, that's all.

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Re: Clair, are you paying attention? Useful expressions!

Hello all. Just reading post.

Au cas ou (with accent grave on the "u"). Pronounce "au ca-z-ou".
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