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Grammar

why in "Parlez-vous français ?" in parlez before vous?

July 19, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Prenom.Pierre

In France, teachers teach to young pupils that mainly they can use three different ways of asking a question :

Vous parlez français ?

Parlez-vous français ?

Est-ce que vous parlez français ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matthew511252

what are the differences?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Prenom.Pierre

"parlez-vous français ? " is more formal, a literay way... The others are widely spoken, both.


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

Because when you are asking something like do you or can you in French, the verb you are asking goes in front of the pronoun. For example: veux-tu manger maintenant? Do you want to eat now?


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

There are many several ways of asking a question in French, and this is one of them.

The subject (vous) and verb (parlez) have been 'inverted' - something that happens in French to make it into a question and not a statement.


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

You're welcome


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ace836172

This is basically a very simple example if an "Inversion", a formal French method to ask questions. You will learn more about it in the "Questions" skill in your French tree. (Basically you just put the verb before the subject in a statement and form a question). You can observe this in English too: Statement: He is there. Question: Is he there? Same thing in French, just that there is a hyphen in between the flipped words.


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

different languages have different placement of words. Nothing to worry about!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matthew511252

its difficult though


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

Well, you could also translate "parlez-vous français?" in your language and then put it in the placement of words which you would for your language

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