By Rodney Ball

Designed in particular for the language learner and for others requiring an outline of casual French morphology and syntax, Colloquial French Grammar is the 1st designated non-technical survey in English of the numerous changes among general and non-standard utilization.

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With quand at the beginning and no inversion, are rather unusual. On the other hand, pourquoi is very resistant to final position: pourquoi elle rit? and pourquoi qu'elle rit? are common enough, but elle rit pourquoi? ). ') follows a rather idiosyncratic pattern, being replaced by quoi in stressed position: Que veux-tu? Qu'est-ce que tu veux? C'est quoi que tu veux? Qu'est-ce que c'est que tu veux? Tu veux quoi? Quoi tu veux? , with quoi in unstressed position, are unlikely (though quoi tu dis?

Comment ça va? comment que ça va? Give (i) familiar and (ii) popular variants of the following questions: (a) (b) (c) (d) 11 Quand part le train de Paris? Comment étaient déguisés les voleurs? Combien ce repas a-t-il coûté? Pourquoi prends-tu ta voiture? The following dialogue was written for language learners. Make it more natural by altering the structure of the questions, in ways which are appropriate to the situation. - Bonjour, mes élèves. Bonjour, monsieur. Duclos, vous bâillez! Etes-vous fatigué?

B) qui vous êtes? qui êtes-vous? qui que vous êtes? vous êtes qui? (c) 10f comment va ça? comment ça va? comment que ça va? Give (i) familiar and (ii) popular variants of the following questions: (a) (b) (c) (d) 11 Quand part le train de Paris? Comment étaient déguisés les voleurs? Combien ce repas a-t-il coûté? Pourquoi prends-tu ta voiture? The following dialogue was written for language learners. Make it more natural by altering the structure of the questions, in ways which are appropriate to the situation.

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