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The 16th rule of the English version of the fundamento is:

  1. The a of the article, and final o of substantives, may be sometimes dropped euphoniae gratia, e.g. de l’ mond'o for de la mond'o; Ŝiller’ for Ŝiller'o; in such cases an apostrophe should be substituted for the discarded vowel.

What does euphoniae gratia mean? I notice that in the French version it does not appear.

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    It's not in the German, Russian, or Polish versions, too. – Cyril Robert Brosch Mar 5 '18 at 10:45
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The expression stems from Latin (with ablative grātiā "with favour" + genitive forming a secondary adposition) and means literally "for the sake of euphony [pleasing sound]", so on the one hand in order to avoid a hiatus (de la akvode l' akvo), and on the other hand in order to save a syllable (like in the examples you give) or generate a rhyme in poetry.

  • You might want to add that it is Latin. – fdb Mar 5 '18 at 17:53
  • Thanks for the hint, I added an explanation. As usual, I ask English native speaker to edit my post, if necessary. – Cyril Robert Brosch Mar 6 '18 at 8:20

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