Interrogative – l’interrogatif
Let's Define It!
What's the *interrogative*?
L'interrogatif as we call it in French (interrogative in English) is about asking questions.
An interrogative sentence is one such "Reviendra-t-il demain?" [Will he come back tomorrow?] that presents a question.
Questions typically end with a question mark [?] in French.
There are three main means of creating an interrogative sentence in French:
- You can invert the subject-verb order into verb-subject: "Manges-tu du pain?" Are you eating bread?
- You can use the phrase "Est-ce que...": Est-ce que tu manges du pain? Are you eating bread?
- You can also use the intonation of your voice: Tu manges du pain? / Are you eating bread?
Let's Pronounce It!
What does it sound like in French?
Let's Have an Example or Two!
Can a little reinforcement do the trick?
Here are a few interrogative sentences provided as examples for your convenience. They employ one of the three methods explained above.
Aimez-vous le chocolat? / Do you like chocolate?
Tu as fini tes devoirs? / Have you finished your homework?
Est-ce que tu prendras tes médicaments? / Will you take your medications?