Doubt regarding one of the B1 tests

ChichiC1Kwiziq community member

Doubt regarding one of the B1 tests

I was taking one of the B1 tests and came across this problem. Could you please explain.

For "Do you know what happened?" I was marked wrong for "Savez-vous qu'est-ce qui s'est passé ?"

Only "Savez-vous ce qui s'est passé ?" is accepted. I feel my answer should be accepted.

Asked 2 weeks ago
JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi Chichi,

The standard expression is "Qu'est ce qui s'est passé ?" --> What has happened?

Se passer --> to happen / to occur.

To write "Savez-vous ce qui s'est passé" would be equivalent in the sense of "Do you know what has happened"

By writing "savez-vous qu'est-ce" you are doubling up on the question aspect and that is why this structure is not accepted.

This is how I see it  --  hope it helps.

Jim

 

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Chichi,

Not sure if it is grammatically incorrect, but "Savez-vous qu'est-ce qui s'est passé ?" does sound rather 'clunky' to me in French, as would "(Do) You know what (it) is that has happened ?" in English.

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

But "Qu'est-ce qui s'est passé?" as a stand-alone question also sounds clunky to an English speaker, and yet we know it's correct. It's unclear to me why this structure is considered necessary on its own, but not after "savez-vous".

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Hi Alan,

Qu'est-ce qui is a question structure.

Savez-vous is a question structure.

It would be very odd grammatically to use both in one interrogative sentence "Savez-vous qu'est-ce qui s'est passé?

This is the point that I am trying to make, hope it helps to clear this up for you.

Jim


AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

But actually, it's quite normal for "savez-vous" to be followed by a question structure.

Où sont mes clefs ?

Savez-vous où sont mes clefs ?

Doubt regarding one of the B1 tests

I was taking one of the B1 tests and came across this problem. Could you please explain.

For "Do you know what happened?" I was marked wrong for "Savez-vous qu'est-ce qui s'est passé ?"

Only "Savez-vous ce qui s'est passé ?" is accepted. I feel my answer should be accepted.

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