This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.
Unformatted text preview: Asking Questions
Ways to ask questions
Yes or no questions can be posed in one of four ways: • Simply raise your voice at the end of the sentence and you have the most colloquial way of asking this type of question. This is called intonation: •
• Use the tag n'estce pas (isn't that so? right?) at the end of the sentence: • • Tu viens? (Are you coming?) Tu viens, n'estce pas? (You're coming, right?) Use estce que (which has no literal translation) at the beginning of the thought. This is the common conversational way to ask a question: •
• Estce que tu viens? (Are you coming?) Change the word order of the subject pronoun and the conjugated verb and join them with a hyphen. This is called inversion. Inversion is generally used more formally, in writing rather than in conversation: • Vienstu? (Are you coming?) ...
View Full Document
- Spring '08