boit-il vs il boit
boit-il vs il boit - what's the difference? It seems always to be boit-il, but what's wrong with il boit? Thanks!
One is a question (Boit-il du vin ?; Does he drink wine?), the other is a statement (Il boit du vin.; He drinks wine.). This method of asking a question is known as inversion, and is considered to be more formal than the more commonly spoken "Est-ce qu'il boit du vin?" (Is it that he drinks wine?)
As long as you place a question mark at the end of the sentence "il boit du vin?" it is still a grammatically correct question. The context of the question is different however, as a question that follows that example would indicate great amazement, kinda like writing "il boit du vin?!?!?!?!?!". Sort of like you cannot believe he is drinking wine. Where as "boit-il du vin?", is you just being curious and wanting to find out if he drinks wine or not. Hope this helps, cheers!