"When do they walk?"
Translation:Quand marchent-ils ?
Why can't you say "quand ils marchent?". I thought that inversion is not necessary?
The inversion is not necessary, but then it would be:
- Ils marchent quand ?
- Elles marchent quand ?
Quand est ce qu'ils marchent? Now, I still can't get what (est ce que) means in this context. It kind of makes it harder for me to memorize something I don't understand fully. Please, help!
Normally, in French you should not use the idiomatic phrase "est-ce que" after an interrogative adverb (ex: "quand"), an interrogative pronoun (ex: "qui") or an interrogative adjective (ex: "quel").
But in informal spoken French, it is sometimes used (ex: "Quand est-ce qu'on mange ?" for "When do we eat?"), that's why it's accepted here.
The most correct way to translate "When do they walk?" is "Quand marchent-ils ?" or "Quand marchent-elles ?"
On ne peut pas utiliser le verb promener? Quelle est la différence? On ne peut pas dire "Quand promenent-elles?"
The difference is the following:
- "to walk" = marcher
- "to go for a walk" = se promener
You cannot say "Quand promènent-elles ?", which is grammatically incorrect:
- You should say: "Quand se promènent-elles ?"
- But it translates to "When do they go for a walk?" (not: "When do they walk?")
"Quand marchent-ils ?" - is there a liaison here in reading, or do they try to distinguish it from "When does he walk"? Thanks in advance.
Both sentences have a liaison in French, and sound the same:
- "Quand marchent-ils ?" (When do they walk?- plural) : sounds like "Quand marchentils ?"
- "Quand marche-t-il ?" (When does he walk?- singular) : sounds like "Quand marchetil ?"
Quand est ce que ils marchent? WRONG I forgot the little apostrophe! Damn you duolingo being so harsh! :o
You should also have removed the "e" in the word "que", since it is followed by a vowel (this is called an elision).
- "Quand est-ce qu'ils marchent".
Marche-il needs a -t- to separate the vowels, so it becomes marche-t-il. With marchent-ils, you just pronounce the liaison (marchENT-ils). Problem solved.
Um, with the question "when do they walk", if it does not state they are feminine then you must assume that is it masculine. Therefore the correct answer is, "Quand merchent-il".