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Euphonic adjectives
"French grammar is sometimes trumped by pronunciation, as in the case of euphonic adjectives. French does not like the hiatus created when a word ending with a vowel precedes a word that begins with a vowel or mute h, and because of this a few adjectives change their spelling—and thus their pronunciation—for purely euphonic reasons.

Each of these nine adjectives normally ends in a vowel, but the special euphonic form ends in a consonant, which creates an enchaînement and makes the two words flow together, just the way French likes it."

Another revealing article from Lawless French featuring adjectives that change their form, purely to maintain the euphony of the language.

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