French Language/needless letters

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What makes many words written in French come with apparently needless letters of the alphabeth (such as mousseaux, nouveau?) The superflous letters are not voiced, and not oresent in Latin or Spanish?

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Hi Mike,

I have no idea. I think sometimes it is a "heritage" of old French, sometimes like the ending "x" it is a rule (eux, deux, ceux, peux, veux..).

I cannot really explain this and I know this is difficult for a non French native speaker.

Sorry for not being more helpful.

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Caro

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