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Why is “What does she have?” Translate to “Qu’est ce qu’ elle a?”...and not “ Qu’est ce que elle a?”

January 14, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

The word "Elle" after "Que" begins with the same vowel "e". Typically, when this occurs, saying "que elle" does not make sense, since it sounds odd. So, using a contraction after "qu" and combining "elle" to get "qu'elle" is how you would write that statement.

I'm not the best at explaining these things, so I apologize!

January 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AJ_1112

Because the word "elle" starts with a vowel, you have to change the word que to be shortened, since there are two vowel sounds between them, for shortness, as my French teacher has said. Here is another example; L'étudiant (la étudiant, except shortened because of two vowel sounds) Another example; A tout a l'heure (Even though there's an h, h's are silent in French, and the vowel e applies here

January 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/joanmargaret

Consider Je aime (I like). It is J'aime because Je ends with a vowel and aime begins with a vowel so you shorten to J'aime (replacing the omitted letter with an apostrophe). Another example is C'est (it is). Ce followed by est. Shorten by missing out the e at the end of Ce and replacing with an apostrophe. We have the same thing in English.

January 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LiviLouise37

I dont know! That's very confusing! ; |

January 17, 2018
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