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Help with translating a certain French sentence that I'm not quite sure about.

Hello. I am wondering how to say "I wonder what subjects they learned about" in French. I'm sort of confused because I don't know how to say "to learn about" in French. What preposition is used? Also, in this case, what it be necessary to say "que" after "quels" or is that not correct? My attempt would be "Je me demande quels sujets qu'ils ont appris", but that seems wrong. A lot of things can come up with "discours indirect" that have simply never been said by me, and that can cause problems, but I use it a lot in French, and thus, I intend to completely master it. Thank you very much for helping me with this translation.

July 12, 2017

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Je me demande quels sujets ils ont appris.

July 12, 2017

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But why no "que"?

July 12, 2017

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Compare these sentences:

Quels sujets ont-ils appris ?
-> Je me demande quels sujets ils ont appris.

Quels sont les sujets qu'ils ont appris ?
-> Je me demande quels sont les sujets qu'ils ont appris.

I don't know why you would want to put a "que" in the first sentence, even in English it wouldn't make sense.

July 12, 2017

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"que" appears in many expressions, but in this case can be translated to "that/which", however your English phrase does not need a "that" or "which". You could say
"I wonder what are THE subjects THAT they studied"
and translate it to
"Je me demande quels sont LES sujets QU'ils ont appris"
as Dominique said, but sounds unnatural.

As for ending English sentences with prepositions
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/grammar/ending-sentences-with-prepositions
that doesn't work in French, I suggest you study the French syntax more, then you will find it far easier to compose complex phrases.

July 13, 2017

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"Je me demande quels sont les sujets qu'ils ont appris" would translate to "I wonder what the subjects that they learned are", and "Je me demande quels sujets ils ont appris" would translate to "I wonder what subjects they learned". In the first sentence, "Je me demande quels sont les sujets qu'ils ont appris", would it be correct to use "ce que" also? Making the sentence "Je me demande ce que sont les sujets qu'ils ont appris". Are both of them, "ce que" or "quels" correct?

July 13, 2017

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Si vous dites: "je me demande ce que sont les sujets qu'ils ont appris", ce n'est pas vraiment incorrect mais ce n'est pas ce qu'un français dira. Cela voudrait dire: "Je me demande qu'elle est la teneur des sujets qu'ils ont appris" La tournure correcte et naturelle est: " Je me demande quels sujets ils ont appris"

July 13, 2017

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Merci beaucoup.

July 14, 2017

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Je me demande quels sujets ils ont appris

July 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Dominique2222

on pourrait dire aussi: "Je me demande quels sont les sujets qu'ils ont appris" le sens est le même mais c'est plus long donc moins élégant à mon sens.

July 13, 2017
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