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Est-ce que   Turn a statement into a question by beginning with the expression  est-ce que , which is not translated  literally, but indicates that a question will follow. This is a common conversational way to ask a  question.  Est-ce que tu veux sortir?  (Do you want to go out?)  To make the question negative, place  ne … pas  around the conjugated verb:  Est-ce que tu ne veux pas sortir?  (Don't you want to go out?)  Est-ce que tu n'es pas sorti?  (Didn't you go out?)  Inversion Inversion  is the reversal of the word order of the subject pronoun and the conjugated verb in order 
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Unformatted text preview: to form a question: You simply join the verb to its subject pronoun with a hyphen. Inversion is the most formal way to ask a question and is generally used more frequently in writing than in conversation. The rules for inversion are as follows: • Avoid inverting with je , which is awkward and rarely used except for the following: • ai-je … ? (do I have … ?) • suis-je … ? (am I … ?) • dois-je … ? (must I … ? • puis-je … ? (may I … ?[permission])...
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course FR 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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