Asking Questions 3: Use Inversion

The third way to ask a question in French is by using inversion, or switching the verb and the subject.

Manges-tu des bonbons? = Are you eating some candies?
Parlez-vous français? = Do you speak French?

When you use inversion with il or elle, you must add “t” between your verb and the subject pronoun if the verb does not already end in “t”.

Ton cousin, est-il beau? = Is your cousin handsome?
Pierre, mange-t-il des bonbons? = Is Peter eating candies?
Marie, regarde-t-elle la télévision? = Is Marie watching television?


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