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Quelqu'un peut-il m'aider...?

Thalia C.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Quelqu'un peut-il m'aider...?

"Can anybody help me?" I'm curious about why this inversion needs "il" after "peut"?  Is the non-inverted question form: Est-ce que quelqu'un peut m'aider?

Asked 3 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Thalia, 

This is the Kwiziq lesson you require -

https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/forming-questions-by-inverting-in-the-present-tense-il-elle-on-forms

and the non-inversion question using 'est-ce que' is indeed -

Est-ce que quelqu'un peut m'aider?

CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Anne and J,

Yes, in informal speech, in everyday life you would say -

Quelqu'un peut m'aider ? Can someone help me?

with the raising of the voice at the end.

 

J T.C1Kwiziq community member

I had a similar question: colloquially speaking, is 'quelqu'un peut m'aider?' not also correct?  I'm struggling to understand why inversion is necessary at all in the example.

Anne D.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

I’d be interested to know if there’s a particular reason you can’t phrase the question as J does, in spoken French. That is, by intonation alone.

 Also the answer to Jennifer’s duplicated questions "Aimais/aime". I suspect using "j’aimais" is due to the need for concordance des temps (the correct sequence of tenses) - either I loved or I love is ok in English but not in French.

Quelqu'un peut-il m'aider...?

"Can anybody help me?" I'm curious about why this inversion needs "il" after "peut"?  Is the non-inverted question form: Est-ce que quelqu'un peut m'aider?

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