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Forming questions

Learn different ways to create a question in French
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Kristi Spies

on 9 November 2012

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Transcript of Forming questions

Intonation Using a tag The easiest and most casual way to form a question in French! Simply make your voice go higher at the end of a statement and add a question mark when writing. Est-ce que and Est-ce qu' Multiple ways to form a question in French Placing Est-ce que or Est-ce qu' at the beginning of a statement changes it into a question. This is a more formal way to state a question and is preferred to intonation when writing. Adding a tag phrase at the end of a statement transforms it into a question. Vous habitez à Bordeaux. Vous habitez à Bordeaux? Est-ce que tu parles français? Est-ce qu'ils étudient le français? Est-ce qu'elle aime le professeur de français ? d'accord n'est-ce pas on commence à huit heures, d'accord? Nous mangeons à midi, n'est-ce pas? inversion Swapping and hyphenating the subject pronoun and the verb creates a question. Using "Pourquoi" and "Parce que" What if there is a noun or proper noun instead of a subject pronoun? Vous parlez français. Parlez-vous français? Be careful! When the verb ends in a vowel AND the subject pronoun is il, elle, or on... add -t- Il parle français. Parle-t-il français? Simply choose the appropriate subject pronoun to complete the inversion and place the noun or proper noun at the beginning of the sentence Le prof parle français. il Le prof, parle-t-il français? Marie et Anne parlent français elles Marie et Anne, parlent-elles français? A "Why" question always needs a "Because" answer! Pourquoi aimes-tu le français?
Parce que le français est fantastique! Parce que becomes parce qu' in front of a vowel! Pourquoi aimes-tu la prof de français?
Parce qu'elle est gentille! Strange inversions! Il y a becomes Y a-t-il?
Y a-t-il un bureau dans la salle de classe?

C'est becomes Est-ce
Est-ce le prof de français? Forming a question in the negative form Luc n'aime pas étudier. Luc, n'aime-t-il pas étudier? Vous ne détestez pas travailler. Ne détestez-vous pas travailler?
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