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I always have a difficult time when writing whether to use tous or tout. Since they are pronounced the same, I don't have the same misgiving when speaking, but I do when putting pen to paper or fingers to a keyboard.
Can anyone be of assistance? Is there a rule to follow?
Well "tout" is declined as:
"tout" -masculine singular
"toute" -feminine singular
"tous" masculine plural
"toutes" feminine plural
"tous" when used with the final "s" pronounced is a noun and not an adjective .It mean "everything" and you would use "toutes" (without the final "s" pronounced if that "everything" was female)
"tous et toutes" mean everyone in a gathering or similar.(the first "s" is pronounced in a "hissing" way ,not like "z".
Merci, George. I always found it confusing. Now I know.