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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

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

June 5, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/jdc465

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

June 7, 2012
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