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Is “em” ever pronounced /ɛ̃/ as en occasionally is?

The characters “em” can be pronounced /ɑ̃/ (temps), /ɛm/ (totem), /əm/ (demi), /em/ (tremolos), /am/ (femme) but not /ɛ̃/.

You got a good answer from jlliagre, who did a great job at tracking the various pronunciations of ‘em’ in French.

I only want to mention a regional (Quebec) way of pronouncing certain words that contain ‘em’, though from all the examples I could find, it appears to include only cases where e comes with an accent, and the pronunciation would be /ɛ̃m/, not /ɛ̃/.

  • même /mɛ̃m/
  • blême /blɛ̃m/ (but je blêmis /ʒə blɛːmi/, nous blêmissons /nu blɛːmisõ/, etc.)
  • problème /pʁɔblɛ̃m/ (but problématique_ /pʁɔblemat͜sɪk/)
  • Carême /kaʁɛ̃m/ (but crème /kʁɛm/)

Also interesting, these are true /ɛ̃/ sounds, despite the usual realization /ẽ/ in Quebec of the French phonem /ɛ̃/.


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