"What does he turn on?"

Translation:Il allume quoi ?

March 4, 2013



Qu'est-ce qu'il allume? is acceptable as well....

March 4, 2014


I thought 'allumer' meant 'to light'? Does this only apply to turning on lights, or can you use 'allumer' for 'to turn on' anything?

October 16, 2013


It applies to many things. It can be used to refer to lighting a physical fire (allumer un feu, une bougie) or turning something on (allumer la télé, la lampe). See: http://www.wordreference.com/fren/allumer

March 11, 2015


What the heck is demarre? The owl said to use it here.

February 11, 2015


I wrote 'quoi allume-il' and lost a heart? Why is the 't' necessary?

March 4, 2013


The « t » in « allume-t-il » is just here for the pronunciation. But even with this « t », your sentence is false: « quoi » must become « qu' ». Finally, a correct translation could be « Qu'allume-t-il ? ».

March 4, 2013


There's no logical grammatical reason for it, but the french language doesn't like to have 2 vowel sounds together, so it adds the -t- in between words when you invert a verb that ends in a vowel and il/elle/on to form a question. For instance, you say "a-t-il" instead of "a-il".

It's the same reason you use contractions of la/le when the following word starts with a vowel, or use a liaison with the preceeding word when a word starts with a vowel. French speakers just think it sounds better and think it sounds funny if you don't have it. The poster comparing it to "an apple" vs "a apple" in English draws a good comparison.

April 26, 2014


Duo didn't like: 'Allume-t-il quoi'. But is there anything actually wrong with that construction?

October 6, 2014


I tried "Allume-il quoi?" which was rejected. I thought perhaps because I missed the "-t-" but it appears that even if I had gotten that right I would still have been wrong. I'd also like to know what is wrong with "Allume-t-il quoi?". Can anyone tell us?

April 7, 2015


Hi Hivemindx. In french, there are 4 valid ways to ask the question. 1. Qu'est-ce qu'il allume? (La plus classique) 2.Qu'allume-t-il? (Very natural but to be considered a shortened form, for colloquial convenience, just as asking "Que fais tu?/Que dit-elle?Qu'en penses-tu?...) 3. Il allume quoi? (Very familiar and direct, "impulsive" way to talk, imo) 4.Quoi est-ce qu'il allume? ("que" from the application nr1 becomes "quoi", getting the emphasis). // The other two, proposed in the comments, are wrong. I'll tell you why. 1. Allume-t-il quoi? No, bc. in french you cannot have inversion and still put "quoi" at the end. 2. Quoi allume-t-il? No, bc "quoi" as an interrogative pronoun can be put at the beginning only in some definite cases: a)"DE quoi" parle-t-il? À quoi y penser?(with prep), b) Quoi DE neuf?Quoi de plus? (with 'de' and adj. without a verb), c) Quoi faire? (quoi+ infinitive). Sorry for the length of my post. Bonne journée!

February 4, 2016


I answered Qu'est-ce qu'il allume? and I it said it was wrong. It said, Il allume quoi? was correct. ???

March 24, 2019


the verbe "brancher" means put something in the plug? when i can use it? Maybe someone can give me some examples?

March 28, 2015


Me ;););0

September 16, 2015


I wrote "que allume-t-il" and it marked it wrong - said to use the verb "demarre", which I've never even seen before.

March 7, 2017


Pourquoi pas, "Quoi fait-il allume?"

October 2, 2017



March 11, 2018


Could someone explain the answer Duo gave me, please? Que met-il en marche ?

December 4, 2014


mettre = to put, to set; it's kind of like "what does he set in motion?".

May 13, 2015


I didn't even get the meaning of this sentence. "What is he turning on?" would make more sense.

February 7, 2015


Are "allume" and "branche" synonymous? I accidentally wrote "Il branche quoi?" Which was correct.

February 16, 2015


I was wondering this too. I wrote "qu'est-ce qu'il branche" and that was also marked as correct.

March 16, 2015


Turn on does not mean exclusively illuminate

April 9, 2017


Qu'est que c'est qu'il allume is also correct!

June 11, 2017


"Que'est-ce que-t-il allume" Is this wrong?

October 26, 2018
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