"Croit-elle la fille ?"

Translation:Does she believe the girl?

December 19, 2012



Is "does the girl believe?" wrong?

December 19, 2012


Yes—the sentence is talking about the girl being believed by someone else, not the girl herself doing the believing.

December 27, 2012


When using inversion, but wanting to name the subject using a noun (la fille), you usually place the subject noun in front of the inversion, from what I understand.

"Does the girl believe?" = <<La fille croit-elle ?>> ((I think!! I'm no native speaker)) ((Also, I think this has implications of religion - does the girl have religious faith?))

I think you can place the subject noun behind the verb-pronoun if there's a comma.

"Does the girl believe?" = <<Croit-elle, la fille ?>> ((Again, no native speaker))

But from what I researched, this structure looks awkward, though grammatically correct.




March 30, 2014


Yep, I just made the same mistake so I'm not sure I qualified to explain why, I only kind of get it now.

December 22, 2012


Yeahh I'm confused too....

December 24, 2012


the default translation is "doesh she believe the girl?". can this be translated as "does she trust the girl?" or "does she believe in the girl?"

April 1, 2013


"Does she trust the girl?" is correct, but "Does she believe in the girl" = "Croit-elle en la fille ?"

June 21, 2014


In the audio, it sounds just like how I would pronounce "Croient-elles la fille?", or "Do they believe the girl?". How can I tell that it's singular?

February 1, 2014


They're pronounced the same and both should be accepted

June 13, 2014


I also typed croient-elles la fille and got it wrong.

April 12, 2014


"elle" comes after "croit" and in this configuration it means "does she believe...?" and "la fille" means the girl. So putting it together: Does she believe the girl? If the "la fille" was the only person they were talking about, they wouldn't need to put "elle"

December 24, 2012


I think they would though. How would you way "Does the girl believe?" Would it be "La fille, croit-elle?"

December 29, 2012


La fille, croit-elle? = The girl, she believes?

Est-ce que la fille croit? = Does the girl believe?

December 30, 2012


So, how would I translate Does the girl believe her? Est-ce que la fille croit-elle ?

December 3, 2013


That would be «La fille la croit-elle?» or «Est-ce que la fille la croit?»

March 21, 2016


Right. In my experience, if you use a pronoun and switch the subject and the verb, you do not need to move the subject to the end as well. It's redundant because you've already changed it to "croit-elle" instead of "elle croit". Therefore the only interpretation of this sentence that makes sense is "Does SHE believe the girl?" Does that make sense?

December 29, 2012


Thanks for your explanation. That makes sense. My answer was Does the girl believe her. I'm still not sure why that is incorrect. Study, study, study, right ?

January 18, 2015


How would you translate: "does the girl believe HIM?" into french? Wouldn´t that mean "Croit-lui la fille?" or something like that?

June 10, 2013


So what does this sentence mean? Why is 'does the girl believe' wrong? If the meaning were 'does the girl believe in the girl' (one girl believing in another girl) then would it not be 'croit-elle à la fille' instead?

November 18, 2013


The French sentence could also be phrased as "Est-ce qu'elle croit la fille," right?

March 17, 2014



March 21, 2016


My opinion is that the word "fille" should pronounce with letter f, not with letter s, as I heard from my computer! Better articulation, please!

March 20, 2014


I'm having so much trouble pronouncing this verb in all its forms. How on earth is it pronounced??

July 1, 2014


Try "Krwa" (if you manage to get the "r" right). :)

March 21, 2016


Could this mean "what does she think of the girl?

July 13, 2014


how do you believe somebody? i thought you would believe in somebody, not believe them.

December 25, 2014


You believe someone (their words or testimony). You believe IN someone means means you trust the persons character or their ability to cope with a situation.

September 7, 2018


Are quoi and croit homophones?

January 23, 2019


To be honest, the difference is subtle and might actually be non-existent in casual speech. But in this particular audio, I clearly hear the “r”.

January 24, 2019
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