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Kwiziq community member
11 June 2018
Also confused about inversion being more formal. I learned that Qu'est-ce que vous aimez? is more formal than Qu'aimez vous?. Did I learn it wrong?
This question relates to:French lesson "Questions: Que ... = What ... ?"
Kwiziq language super star
12 June 2018
It is the other way round.
I know that is is tempting for an English student to want to prefer the inversion as it is used in English. However in French out of the three ways of forming questions, it will be the least favoured particularly in simple questions as it sounds not only formal but pompous.
But we have to teach it...
Hope this helps!
Gotcha. So to clarify:
Qu'est-ce que vous aimez? - formal, but overly so and thus not preferred - maybe antiquated?
Qu'aimez vous? - appropriately formal, sounds current and natural
and of course the 'tu' forms are just informal.
Have I got that right?
13 June 2018
'Quest-ce-que vous aimez?' is more informal and colloquial than the inversion of the subject and verb in 'Qu'aimez-vous?'.
In spoken French you will hear an awful lot of 'est-ce-que' for asking questions so you have to be able to recognise it and preferably use when appropriate.
In written French , the inversion will be preferred as more formal. It is not antiquated just more formal.
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