"Is your hat soft?"

Translation:Ton chapeau est-il doux ?

February 4, 2013

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What is the problem with "Est ton chapeau doux?"?


That is not a correct interrogative form. Apart the one proposed here (ton chapeau est-il doux ?), there is "est-ce que ton chapeau est doux ?" and "ton chapeau est-il doux ?"

Pls note that "est-ce que" is followed by an affirmative form of sentence, ie, no switch needed between verb and subject.


what is wrong with est-il doux, ton chapeau?


Nothing wrong, except that Duolingo does not expect that you change the order of words


why not use douce?


because chapeau is masculine and the masculine is "doux"


Why should we put the word "il" between "est" and "doux"? Thanks for your kindness...^^


French elaborates questions in a different way from English.

  • formal: votre chapeau est-il doux ?

  • standard: est-ce que votre chapeau est doux ?

  • relaxed/oral: votre chapeau est doux ?


What is wrong with "mou"?


Nothing, if the rest of your sentence is correct as well.


What is wrong with "douillet" ?!


"douillet" is a more sophisticated word, rather meaning cozy or comfortable.


Still don't get why 'est ton chapeau doux' tho i read the comments by sitesurf above... can anyone help me get it?


Hi, Claire. If you are still working on French, be aware that you have to become accustomed to the French way which is not a literal translation of English keeping the same word order. Take a look at the different ways to ask questions in French:

  • Inversion : Votre chapeau, est-il doux ? Using inversion (of the subject and verb) is a formal way of asking a question.
  • Est-ce que : Putting this phrase in front of an affirmative statement automatically turns it into a question. Votre chapeau est doux (your hat is soft). Est-ce que votre chapeau est doux (is your hat soft?). Note that "est-ce que" looks like "is it that" but actually, it is usually not translated to English at all. Using "est-ce que" to ask a question is considered standard French.
  • Voice Inflection : In spoken French (only), giving your voice an inflection at the end will be understood as a question. This is quite informal.
  • n'est-ce pas : Put this little phrase after a statement and it's like saying, "isn't it?" or "isn't that so?" This is also informal.

Open this page in your browser for more information on asking questions in French: https://www.thoughtco.com/questions-in-french-1368935


Please what is the function of 'il' in that sentence? Can't it be 'Ton chapeau est doux ?'


Just out of curiosity, can you also form questions this was in the past tense? So would you say "était ce que ton chapeau est mou?" or "ton chapeau était-il mou?"


No, whatever the tense in the question itself, the "est-ce que" interrogative phrase remains in present.

  • Est-ce que ton chapeau est/était/sera...


Sorry *this way


Why the extra est between il and doux? Est-ce que ton chapeau il est doux? Isn't the whole point of est-ce that you don't need to have another est for it?


In the formal interrogative construction, the real subject (hat) is repeated in the form of the matching personal pronoun in the verb-subject inversion. But with the standard construction, after "est-ce que", you don't need to repeat the real subject:

  • Formal: Ton chapeau est-il doux ?
  • Standard: Est-ce que ton chapeau est doux ?


Could I say Ton chapeau, c'est doux?


No, but you can use the personal pronoun representing a masculine thing (person or animal) which is "il": "Ton chapeau, il est doux ?".

You can use "c'est doux" if the thing is a category or generalized thing, like: "La soie, c'est doux ?" (Is silk soft?" or "Les plumes de canard, c'est doux ?" (Are duck feathers soft?).


How the bleep to recall all these rules when you are concentrating on spelling etc

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