Is the word order correct here:

j'espère, que trouve toi bien cette carte ?


j'espère que toi cette carte trouve bien ?

Or is neither correct?

I want to say ¨I hope this card finds you well¨

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    Welcome. The 2 phrases are actually incorrect. Could you please write in English the idea you wanted to express?
    – user6768
    Nov 11, 2015 at 18:38
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    The title bears almost no relation to the question content. You might want to change it.
    – GAM PUB
    Nov 11, 2015 at 21:23
  • Many thanks. I want to say ¨I hope this card finds you well¨. Nov 13, 2015 at 12:01

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Neither. Toi is a stressed pronoun, so you only use it in certain specific ways, such as after a preposition.

In your sentence, assuming you mean "I hope this card finds you well," you need the direct object pronoun te and it has to go in front of the verb:

J'espère que cette carte te trouve bien.

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    J'espère que cette carte te trouve en bonne santé ?
    – GAM PUB
    Nov 11, 2015 at 21:14
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    Indeed. “te trouve bien” is not idiomatic, it sounds more like a (wrong) literal translation from English. “te trouve en bonne santé” is understandable but still has some English flavor. Nov 11, 2015 at 21:53
  • @GAMPUB I understand neither "te trouve bien" nor "te trouve en bonne santé"... what is the expected meaning ?
    – Random
    Nov 12, 2015 at 9:48
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    @Random: "I hope this card finds you well." I hope you are well when this card arrives.
    – Chop
    Nov 12, 2015 at 14:59
  • Yes, this phrase clearly does not translate smoothly into French and I should try to find something more idiomatic. Thanks. Nov 13, 2015 at 12:05

the word order should be :

J'espère que cette carte te trouvera bien.

(where "toi" is replaced by "te" and placed between the subject (cette carte) and the verb (trouve) )

However, this type of sentence sentence doesn't sound good in French, I would rather write :

J'espère que tu recevras bien cette carte.


J'espère que cette carte te sera bien transmise/remise. 

if you have some doubt that the message could get lost.

EDIT: if you want to say that you hope that the person reading the letter is in good health, you can simply say :

J'espère que tu vas bien (or "que vous allez bien" if this is a formal letter).
  • This is not the same meaning. This wording is a bit of a personification of the card, trouver has the same meaning as in Je ne sais pas dans quel état je vais le trouver.
    – Chop
    Nov 12, 2015 at 15:01
  • Many thanks for your help. Nov 13, 2015 at 12:07

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