Since to play an instrument in French is "Jouer de", I wonder where the de goes when it's interrogative. I think "Which instrument do you play" in French would be "Quel instrument jouez-vous" but there's no de. So, do you say "Quel instrument dont jouez vous" or "Dont instrument jouez vous". I just don't know where the de goes.

  • Because I'm pretty sure to say "This is the instrument which I play" in french is "C'est l'instrument dont je joue". But is it possible to say "ceci est"? Apr 6, 2016 at 10:34
  • "Ceci est" implies you're showing it, with your finger for instance. The question suits more in a casual conversation, where you don't have your instrument with you.
    – Webster
    Apr 6, 2016 at 14:39
  • Given that this is FL&U, you probably don't need to specify in French in question titles, Chaplin. We figure you probably aren't here for advice on Mandarin. Apr 6, 2016 at 21:24

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The grammatically correct formal sentence would be:

  • De quel instrument jouez-vous ?

A still grammatical spoken French:

  • De quel instrument est-ce que vous jouez ?

In non formal, real life, you'll more often hear the casual :

  • Vous jouez de quel instrument ?

or even:

  • Tu joues (de) quoi comme instrument ?
  • De quel instrument est-ce que vous jouez ? is another grammatically correct sentence.
    – biozic
    Apr 6, 2016 at 21:19
  • @biozic Yes it is. Suggestion added, thanks!
    – jlliagre
    Jan 6, 2017 at 12:53

You can say "De quel instrument jouez vous ?" or "Quel instrument jouez vous ?" in a more familiar way.


"De" goes at begining.

  • De quel instrument jouez-vous ?

  • Je joue de la flûte.


You can use the verb "pratiquer" without "de"

  • Quel instrument pratiquez-vous ?

  • Je pratique l'accordéon.


Indirect object complement goes first in this case (de quel, duquel, auquel and such)

De quel instrument jouez-vous/joues-tu ?

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