The pronunciation of tous

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The pronunciation of tous

We pronounce the s at the end of tous when there is no noun after it. In this case, it means ‘everybody’ (or ‘all of them’).
Ils sont tous venus. They all came.
Merci à tous d’être là. Thanks to everybody for being here.

We don’t pronounce the s in tous when it is followed by a noun. In this case, tous means ‘every’, ‘each’ or ‘all the’.
tous les jours every day
tous les employés all the employees, every employee


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