During a conversation, a man said in French I saw ’em — not I saw them, but an informal French equivalent of I saw ’em. Do you know how to render that in French maintaining the same level of informality?
Let’s back up and start with I saw them.
Je les ai vus.
Les here means them. In spoken French, this les can contract in a similar way that the English them can contract to ’em — the initial consonant sound of les can drop. In other words, les becomes ’es.
J’es ai vus.
I saw ’em.
The liaison occurs between es and ai, so j’es ai vus sounds like jé zé vu.
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