Using inversion

Using inversion - subject pronoun: • Ne travaillez-vous...

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Using inversion Inversion is the most complicated way to ask a question. The rules for inversion are as follows:  Avoid inverting with  je,  which is awkward and rarely used except:  ai-je …?  (do I have …?)  suis-je …?  (am I …?)  dois-je …?  (must I …?)  puis-je …?  (may I …? [permission])  Inversion occurs in all tenses, but only with subject pronouns and conjugated  verbs:   Ont-ils préparé le repas?  (Did they prepare the meal?)  Travaillez-vous?  (Do you work?)  Ont-ils préparé le repas? (Did they prepare the meal?)  L'as-tu fini?  (Did you finish it?)  Inverted questions can be made negative by putting the first part of the  negative phrase before conjugated verb, and the second part of the negative after the 
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Unformatted text preview: subject pronoun: • Ne travaillez-vous jamais? (Don't you ever work?) • 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?) • With a noun subject, a double-subject construction is used: noun + verb + third person pronoun (with the verb and pronoun joined by a hyphen). The third person pronoun agrees in number and gender with the corresponding subject noun: • Jeanne est-elle brune? (Is Jeanne a brunette?) • Les livres ne sont-ils pas bons? (Aren't the books good?)...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course FR 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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