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As you are aware of, for most other interrogative sentences, a trick allows the subject–verb inversion to occur inside a dummy “être” main clause: Que fait-il ? → Qu'est-ce qu'il fait ? Où va-t-il ? → Où est-ce qu'il va ? Le fait-il ? → Est-ce qu'il le fait ? Quel and combien are asking for adjectival descriptions (respectively qualitative or ...


As mentioned by Kareen , « est-ce que » is for “ yes/no” questions, and if you already have a suspicion of what the word is (spaghetti, for example) you could use « est-ce que » to form the “yes/no” question provided by Chrisw. If, however, you don’t have the slightest clue what the Italian word is (and you’re possibly not even sure what the exact word in ...


Quel est le nom italien de cette pâte? is a actually the right translation. You would however be hard put to translate that question with est-ce que because it introduces a yes/no question, which your example isn't. Quel est and est-ce que, while both question-introducing expressions, are not interchangeable. Quel est introduces an open-ended question. ...


The literal/simplistic translation of "est-ce" is "is this". That literal/simplistic translation is correct! So use "est-ce ...?" whenever you want to ask, "is this ...?" or "is it ...?", for example: "Est-ce un chien?" => "Is it a dog?" "Est-ce possible que ...?" => "Is it possible that ...?" Conversely, "quel" means "what" or "which", so for example: ...


The first is an example of a reflexive verb. For example: Je me lave (I wash myself) Tu te laves Il se lave Nous nous lavons Vous vous lavez Ils se lavent Swapping the order of the words to make a question (e.g. Aimez-vous ? instead of Vous aimez.) is how you get the question Vous êtes-vous trempé ? A correct reply is, Oui, je me suis trempé ! ...


You can only make an inverted pair (like est-il) with a pronoun. That said, you can use such a device as a prop in a question involving nouns or proper nouns (like in your first sentence).


Correct et soutenu : Pourquoi Marie est-elle en colère ? Incorrect (ne jamais l'employer) : Pourquoi est-Marie en colère ? Correct, surtout à l'oral : Pourquoi Marie est en colère ?

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