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"Tu attends quoi ?"

Translation:What are you waiting for?

March 29, 2018



In strictly correct grammatical English I said 'for what are you waiting' and I was told I was wrong. It's my Mother tongue for goodness sake.


I can understand that colloquially people frequently end sentences with prepositions. However, writing things grammatically correctly should be acceptable.


You are waiting for what? and What are you waiting for? have a difference in emphasis and thus somewhat of a difference in meaning in English. But how is one to know what is meant by the French?


Same in French, so I think it should be allowed in other sentences, but in English we are more likely to use tone of voice to make the emphasis for this question "What are you waiting for?" , but we might say "You did what?" for « Tu as fait quoi? » or we could still say "What have you done?" although we tend to say "What have you done?" which has a different emphasis. Try reporting it anyway though, you never know.


"You are waiting for what" is a direct translation and should be accepted.

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@NidaSpaldi "You are waiting for what" is a direct translation--and it is awful English. Do not mimic the French word order and insist that it should be accepted.


Is it really awful English? It just means something different. The intonation would be on “for what?” And it would mean that someone already told you, but that you cannot believe it or that it surprised you, so it is not the general question which it should be.


Literal translations are often not accepted though. It is much more common to say “What are you waiting for?” but yes people can say “You are waiting for what?” Duolingo cannot see the stress on the word though and ignores question marks, so usually Duolingo does not take regular sentence form as a question from English for French.


en fait "tu attends quoi?" a une signification très précise en français qui ne peut pas se traduire par what are you waiting for. cela se dit quand quelqu'un tarde à répondre, ou à agir et c'est dit sur un ton de reproche ou d'ironie


Could you also ask "Qu'est-ce que tu attend ?"


You would need the "tu" form, 'attends,' to be correct, though.


Isn't it better anyway to reserve 'quoi' for use after discrete prepositions (in French, of course, thus excluding 'attendre') or for genuine exclamations?


Shouldn't You await what? be acepted?


Ït is just not very likely to be used. "await" is not used very much and gives a bit of an older or more formal feel while that form of the question is rather colloquial or casual.


When one writes 'You are waiting for what' it is less of a direct translation and more correct English grammar. 'What are you waiting for' is spoken English but technically incorrect.


The correct form was not offered in the choices!


A correct form can be made usually, what words did you have? Did you see all three rows of words?


There were 3 or 4 choices, I think 2-3 were plural forms, and then the singular "attend" was the closest.


There may have been more than one correct form if you were given the English to translate to a multiple choice, then “vous attendez” which is the plural form but also the formal singular form would also be correct. For multiple choice you must choose all correct answers. In French “attend” would not be used for “you”, so it was not the closest.


I think it was fill in the blank: first word Tu, then fill in verb form, then quoi, but I cannot recall now. Doesn't matter much to me, just trying to help Duolingo keep things accurate


For what are you waiting? is actually more correct than What are you waiting for, but Duolingo will not accept it.


Why not "tu attends quelle"?


"quelle" requires a noun as it is an adjective.


'For what are you waiting?' might be stilted, but it's not wrong. Furthermore, it avoids ending a sentence with a preposition, which used to be a criminal offence in English English.


I don't know something amazing to happen...I guess


What are you waiting ? Why is wrong!


It might be waiting for

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