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"What does you father do?"

March 3, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ildi9

Why is 'est-ce que ton prere fait' not correct?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aurelienche

Because it means “Does your father do” (which is moreover an incomplete sentence).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ildi9

I see, so if I start with 'que', it is also acceptable.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aurelienche

Well, no. What I meant was that something is expected at the end of the sentence to make it complete: “Does your father do something?” = « Est-ce que ton père fait quelque chose ? ». You can never add « que » before « est-ce que »; you see, the « que » is already there « est-ce que ». To help you see the difference, look at the possible answers. « Est-ce que ton père fait quelque chose ? » is a yes/no question, whereras « Que fait ton père ? » is not. I can go into more detail if you need.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ildi9

Well, thanks a million, it seems a lot trickier than in English, apparently a lot more thinking and practice is needed.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maurits_

What is wrong with "Qu'est-ce que ton père fait"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xarou

I also have the same question (well, with a minor change "Qu'est-ce que"). Is there a problem if the verb goes to the end?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/saycats

I also would like to know this


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kathydeg

My response was 'qu'est ce qu'il fait, ton père?' - why is this wrong please?

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