Inversion occurs in all tenses but only with subject pronouns and conjugated verbs

Inversion occurs in all tenses but only with subject pronouns and conjugated verbs

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Inversion occurs in all tenses but only with subject pronouns and conjugated verbs:  Sors-tu?  (Are you going out?)  Veux-tu sortir?  (Do you want to go out?)  Es-tu sorti?  (Did you go out?)  Sortais-tu?  (Were you going out?)  Sortirais-tu?  (Would you go out?)  Se lèvent-ils?  (Are they getting up?)  Se sont-ils levés?  (Did they get up?)  The preceding questions can be made negative by putting the first part of the negative phrase  before the reflexive pronoun or conjugated verb, and the second part of the negative after the  subject pronoun:
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Unformatted text preview: Ne sors-tu jamais? (Don't you ever go out?) Ne veux-tu pas sortir? (Don't you want to go out?) Ne se sont-ils pas levs? (Didn't they get up?) When the third person singular of the verb ( il, elle, on ) ends in a vowel, a - t- is inserted between the verb and the subject pronoun to prevent having two vowels sounds together: Travaille-t-il? (Is he working?) A-t-elle fini? (Did she finish?) But, consider the following: Obit-elle? (Does she obey?) S'est-il lav? (Did he wash himself?)...
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