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Quand ?

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LEVEL: A2

Objectifs de la leçon

1. to learn to ask questions using quand (when)
2. to learn various ways of asking questions (formal or informal)

    Utilisation de "quand"

    To form a question starting with quand, you can: use the inversion method (verb+subject) OR use est-ce que after the question word.

    These are the most common structures.

    In a question using the inversion method, the letter t is required in front of elle(s), il(s) or on when the verb ends with a vowel. This is to avoid a break, making the sentence sounds better.

    que becomes qu' in front of a vowel or an h.

    Another way to ask a question is to simply change the intonation of your voice, making it rise towards the end of the sentence. This is an informal way of asking questions.

    Exemples - présent

    ▹ When does the show start?
    ▸ Quand commence le spectacle ?
    ▸ Quand est-ce que le spectacle commence ?
    ▸ Il commence quand, le spectacle ?
    (informal)
    ▸ Le spectacle, il commence quand ?
    (informal)
    ▸ Le spectacle commence quand ?
    (informal)


    ▹ When is she arriving at the station?
    ▸ Quand arrive-t-elle à la gare ?

    ▸ Quand est-ce qu'elle arrive à la gare ?

    ▸ Elle arrive quand à la gare ? (informal)

    Exemples - passé composé

    ▹ When did she arrive at the station?
    Quand est-elle arrivée à la gare ?
    Quand est-ce qu'elle est arrivée à la gare ?

    Elle est arrivée quand à la gare ?
    (informal)

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