You can get a yes or no answer to a question in four ways

You can get a yes or no answer to a question in four ways -...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
You can get a  yes  or  no  answer to a question in four ways, covered in each of the following sections.  Intonation Questions are often asked by a noticeable change in  intonation  (modulation of the voice), typified  by a rising  inflection  (change in the voice) at the end of the statement. This is the simplest and most  colloquial way to ask a question:  Tu veux sortir?  (Do you want to go out?)  To make the question negative, put  ne … pas  around the conjugated verb:  Tu ne veux pas sortir?  (Don't you want to go out?)  Tu n'es pas sorti?  (Didn't you go out?) 
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: N'est-ce pas The tag n'est-ce pas has various meanings: • isn't that so? • right? • isn't (doesn't) he/she? • aren't (don't) they? • aren't (don't) we? • aren't (don't) you? N'est-ce pas is a negative expression, so use n'est-ce pas at the end of an affirmative statement only when the expected answer is “yes”: Tu veux sortir, n'est-ce pas? (You want to go out, don't you?) To answer yes to a negative question, use si instead of oui : Si, je veux sortir . (Yes, I want to go out.)...
View Full Document

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

Ask a homework question - tutors are online