"How does it snow?"

Translation:Il neige comment ?

January 26, 2013



in the inverted format, where does the "t" come from in "comment neige-t-il"?

January 26, 2013

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As far as I understand, those "t"s appear when an inversion would make something difficult to say quickly without a pause. Basically, in French, people don't like stopping or taking pauses, so if I ask:

"Does he have an apple?" = "A-t-il une pomme?"

Without the "t" there, the "a-il" would be very clumsy to say quickly.

That example is the easiest to see, but that is what is happening with "neige-il"... it is a bit hard to say it so a "t" gets put in front of the "il" so it is pronounced like "till" which makes it come out more quickly following "neige"

January 26, 2013


It's more about not having two vowels back-to-back in inversion than specifically pronunciation. Even though it's probably for pronunciation's sake that the rule came about, the rule is that when you've got two vowels back-to-back in inversion, you insert a "t".

February 15, 2013


I forget the -t- :(

July 31, 2013


Comment il neige ? and Il neige comment ? Which is more common and why? Can anyone help?

September 9, 2013
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