Needing help with explanations for variations in French Grammar.

I am loving Duolingo, and am at a very basic level. This afternoon, in a practice session, I came across this "Travailles-tu" and "Tu travailles". In English the two questions are the same ie. "Do you work in Paris?" (or Berlin). So what is the difference. If anyone can direct me to some online help with French grammar and spelling that would me help a lot. Merci beaucoup. Susan

September 5, 2019


Hello Susan,

French grammar allows three ways of phrasing a question:

1) Travailles-tu ?
2) Tu travailles ?
3) Est-ce que tu travailles ?

There is no difference in meaning, just in formality with 1) being the most formal one. Nevertheless all three are acceptable in almost all situations.

I do not know a specific website for studying French grammar in English that I could recommend to you but I am sure that a quick Google search will help you find a couple ones.

Best wishes,

September 5, 2019
Questions · Inversions, Est-ce que, Intonation, Interrogative Adjectives/Pronouns/Adverbs

September 5, 2019

in french you can say both - you will find out weather you ask - or not. Speaking you will say the sentence in an "interrogative sentence" - wrinting - you signe the interrogative forme with "?"

September 5, 2019

Writing, "Tu travailles" is not an interrogative form :-)

September 5, 2019

writing: tu travailles ? - c, est interrogative

September 5, 2019

Cela a une signification interrogative, mais ce n'est pas une forme interrogative, sinon il faut considérer que "?" est une forme interrogative à lui tout seul, car en le collant n'importe où, on peut faire comprendre que c'est une question.

September 6, 2019

depends on the sentence and how formal it is

September 8, 2019
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