4

I've been having trouble looking for ways to say "what happened", "what's happening", and "what will happen" in French.

I feel it's "Ce qui s'a passé", "Ce qui se passe", and "Ce qui se passera".

Also, can someone clear up interrogative futur simple sentence structure?

8

You were close - "Ce qui se passe" and "Ce qui se passera" are both good, colloquial structures. You could also use "Ce qui va se passer" as an alternative.

"Ce qui s'a passé," however, is incorrect because "se passer" is a reflexive verb, which means that in the past tense it uses "être."

So you get "Ce qui s'est passé" instead.

Now, if you are asking "What happened," "What's happening," or, "What will happen?" you will need to change those phrases a little bit, using interrogative structure.

In the order you asked, you would say:

"Qu'est qui s'est passé ?"

"Qu'est-ce qui se passe ?"

"Qu'est-ce qui se passera ? / Qu'est-ce qui va se passer ?"

  • Ah merci :D J'ai oublé que passer est un verbe reflechi(?) – Marco Ruben Abuyuan Llanes Apr 5 '16 at 4:17
  • 1
    @MarcoRubenAbuyuanLlanes De rien ! Ce sont des verbes pronominaux ;) – cccg03 Apr 5 '16 at 4:35
  • A noter qu'on peut aussi dire la formes "Que se passe-t-il" (aux 3 temps). (cf "Biouman" des Inconnus :D) – Random Apr 5 '16 at 7:17
  • What I personally found useful when learning this is the literal breakdown of the various parts that go into a "Qu'est-ce" structure. Your otherwise excellent answer might be improved further by its inclusion. – Cronax Apr 5 '16 at 8:24

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.