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Kwiziq community member
6 April 2018
To the question (How come) Pauline porte cette robe? My answer 'Comment cela se fait-il que....' is rejected for 'Comment ca se fait'. Yet in the lesson we are told that my answer is the more 'elegant' French. Please explain.
This question relates to:French lesson "Comment ça se fait ? / Comment se fait-il que... ? = How come? / How is it that...?"
if you examine the lesson carefully you will see toward the end that the correct answer is:
Comment se fait-il que.... OR Comment ça se fait que...
The answer "comment cela se fait-il..." is grammatically not correct even though sometimes used colloquially.
-- Chris (not a native speaker).
I realize that in the beginning of the lesson it seems to say that "comment cela se fait-il?" is more elegant. However this isn't born out later and i. The examples.
I guess this should be clarified in the lesson.
Yes, I know. But that needs to be stated more clearly.
Kwiziq language super star
25 May 2018
If I may add to this debate -
Comment (cela)se fait-il que Pauline porte cette robe?
Comment ça se fait que Pauline porte cette robe ?
Pauline porte cette robe, comment ça se fait ?
are all correct, the first one sounds more elegant and stilted to me .
In spoken French you would use the latter two.
Hope this helps!
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