How to ask a question in French? There are a few different ways to do so, and they’re quite easy!
Est-ce que is a fairly common way the French ask a question. In English this would roughly translate to “do you”. Est-ce que + subject:
- Est-ce que tu jouer le piano ?
- Do you play the piano?
Inversion is a popular way to ask a question. Inversion is when the verb and subject are in reverse order, separated by a hyphen.
- Aimes-tu les chats ?
- Do you like cats?
Simple and informal context, you can ask a question by simply adding a question mark or intonation to a sentence.
- Tu as faim ?
- Are you hungry?
Then there are the words we naturally use with intonation: who, what, where, when, why, etc.
- Who – Qui
- Qui est cet homme ? – Who is that man?
- What – Que/Qu’
- Que savons-nous ? – What do we know?
- Where – Où
- Où est la gare ? – Where is the train station?
- Why – Pourquoi
- Pourquoi vous avez fait ça ? – Why did you do that?
- When – Quand
- Quand tu pars pour les vacances ? – When do you leave for holiday/vacation?
- How – Comment
- Comment vas-tu ? – How are you?
- How many/much – Combien
- Combien pour ce chapeau ? – How much for this hat?
Bonne année, tout le monde ! First post of the new year, and I’m hoping to improve the content of this blog. I’ve had a couple of failed weekly supplements to the blog (word of the day, idioms), and I would like to know what extra things you’d like to see here, if anything. 🙂 Word of the week? Idioms every 2 weeks?
A bientôt !