I can't get what does "l" mean in the following phrase: Avez-vous un numéro de téléphone où *l*on peut vous joindre? Can anyone help me with it?
Lesson RF4.3 question
July 26, 2008
August 4, 2008
Hi there Well, you will be delighted to know that "l'" means...nothing! It is called "euphony"...to make it sound better. This "l" should not be confused with the "l" pronoun as in "je l'ai vu". Here: téléphone où l'on peut vous joindre it's to avoid the clash of "ou on". Sometimes, we see also "que l'on" instead of "qu'on", a lot harsher" Does it make sense?
August 23, 2008
[quo]*Quote:* it's to avoid the clash of "ou on".[/quo] So, do I have to use "l" here, or is optional and used in fluent speech only?
September 10, 2008
Hi there, Yes, it is definitely optional and just to "sound better". Sometimes you can even start a sentence with "l'on a vu.... (literary style) :D