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Inverted interrogative/Posing a question

If for example posing the question "Comment le faites-vous?" is it possible to not use the inverted structure and just use rising intonation and say "Comment le vous faites?"

July 13, 2012

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"Comment le faites-vous ?" = academic "Comment vous le faites?" (with rising intonation) = oral - correct "Vous le faites comment?" (with rising intonatino) = oral - "familiar", not slang but not quite correct, although many French people ignore it ! Mind you, some say: "C'est comment que vous le faites?" - horrible, but frequent, unfortunately for purists...

July 13, 2012

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@Sitesurf - Thank you for the clarification of when to use these. But the OP said: "Comment LE VOUS faites?" = not correct form at all, I'd imagine?

July 13, 2012

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Nope, "comment le vous faites" is not correct. At all.

July 13, 2012

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Yes it is possible and even the most frequent form in oral French (and that is the option chosen by Duolingo in all oral exercises).

July 13, 2012

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But would you not normally still keep "le" and "faites" together? "Comment vous le faites?" or "Vous le faites comment?" Because "comment" is always(?) used to construct a question, you don't need to us a rising intonation.

July 13, 2012
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