"Que suis-je ?"
Translation:What am I?
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does "que suis-je?" not rather mean "what I am?" as if someone were to ask you "what are you?" and you responded surprised with the question "what I am?" to signal that you need time to ellaborate before you give an answer. I ask this because I would rather translate the "correct answer", which is "what am I?" with the french phrase "Je suis quoi?".
thank you for your answer! I find it still a little weird, I must admit. I would be inclined to translate following situation as follows: Somebody says: "You are CRAZY!" and then the accused person´s reaction would be "I am WHAT?" or "WHAT am I?". I wouldn´t say "que suis-je?" in that situation by intuition, because to me, it sounds like "je suis quoi?" (emphasis on "qui") -if translated word for word- means "I am WHAT?" which is closer in meaning to "WHAT am I?" than "what I AM?", to my ear. I´m not sure, whether my problem is clear... :S