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

Emphasizing the sentences

How people in France emphasize the sentences?

For example in English : The weather is hot, isn't it? You understood, didn't you?...

Or positive like : This is not real, isn't it?

July 8, 2017

9 Comments


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

Do you mean the tag questions like "isn't it?", "don't you?", "right?", etc?

If so, you just add "n'est-ce pas?" at the end of a sentence :)


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

Merci! Je sais que je ne demande pas mais merci! Ça m'aider beaucoup !


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

Unlike in English where you have to remember to negate the main clause ("this is not real, is it?"), in French you can just use n'est-ce pas?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcD50

Yes. But we can still emphasise negative sentences. To translate your example, we could say: 'Non, mais c'est pas vrai ?' (the correct 'ce n'est pas vrai' is here replaced with the colloquial 'c'est pas vrai') or 'Ne me dis pas que c'est vrai ?' (an affirmative sentence used as a question).


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    Another unformal way to say "isn't it" can be "hein ?".

    Il fait beau aujourd'hui, hein ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcD50

    That is the informal way, indeed. 'N'est-ce pas?' is formal.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcD50

    In some cases, we can add 'c'est ça ?'. Example: 'La réunion, c'est demain, c'est ça ?' ('The meeting is tomorrow, isn't it?'; literally: 'The meeting, it is tomorrow, it is that?')

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