"Is it raining or snowing?"
Translation:Il pleut ou il neige ?
malabhargava: You have to delete "Is"(?) and don't forget the subject pronoun "il" , which in this sentence is the equivalent to "it". Est-ce qu'il pleut ou il neige?
Duo usually cannot read question marks so I wrote: my favourite est-ce qu'il pleut ou qu'il neige.... and still thinking about it I still cannot see anything wrong with this....
The second qu' is the problem. "Est-ce que" is one entity and is not broken down.
May I ask you when the 2nd "il" can be neglected? It seems that there are cases without the 2nd subject, but not all.
Great question. I'll preface by saying that if "il" is impersonal, as in this case, the repetition is quasi-required.
There are many cases when you can avoid the repetition of the subject pronoun. They're mostly done for stylistic purposes: for example, if you want to emphasize the sequence of actions, ("il parle, crie, et hurle" vs "il parle, il crie, et il hurle"), or if you're using conjunctions like ou, mais, puis, etc. and would like to emphasize the flow or the contradiction of actions. As I said, it's mostly a stylistic choice. It can also be idiomatic, as in "il va et vient". In compound tenses, when the auxiliary verb is not required to be repeated, obviously the subject pronoun will not be repeated: ("il a chanté et dansé" or "il a chanté et il a dansé" - both correct).
In the end, most native French speakers would repeat the subject pronoun more often than not, especially in the present tense and especially when it's spoken. It's just a lot more common. If it's not repeated, they would consider it formal and literary.
I'll also add that repetition is required (or preferable): when the verb tenses are different, when inversion is used, the voices (active or passive) are different, there are two different subjects (obviously), when using on, using car or or, when ne pas or ne plus is used, and many others.
I wouldn't do it. As I prefaced above, if "il" is impersonal, as in "il pleut" and "il neige", repetition of "il" is required, unless you want to sound stilted and literary.
thank you for your prompt reply. Duos correction was not helpful.but your comment does make sense. georgeoftruth
The "neige" question requires the "-t-" for euphony. To make it sound nice.
- Pleut-il ou neige-t-il ?