Contractions in French questions

Example question: Est-ce qu'ils mangent avec les filles ? qu'ils seems to be contracted for qui ils which translates to.. "who they"? If so, why is it normal to ask questions in this way?

June 5, 2012


"Qu'ils" expands to "que ils". Word by word, the beginning of the question translates to "Is it that they eat...".

June 5, 2012

Besides inversion, placing est'ce que in front is a very common way to ask a question.

June 7, 2012
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