Is “Comment vas-tu?” formal or casual? I have also tried asking other websites and it did not make any sense.

  • I’m upvoting this question because I’m convinced (by OP’s asking specifically about the “formal or casual” distinction instead of the “familiar or polite” [aka T/V] one) that s/he was simply (&, imo, cleverly [read: mischievously?] by throwing in a T/V aspect as a red herring trap for the unwary) asking if ... “'La forme interrogative directe inverse'=formal or casual.” ... cf: Is “Comment va[-il] le chien de votre mari” of a more formal register than “Comment va[-il] le chien de ton mari,” or is it just more polite (in recognition of the level of familiarity between the parties)?
    – Papa Poule
    Oct 6 '17 at 16:21

Comment vas-tu ?

is a formal way to ask "how are you?" to someone you tutoie.

The casual way is:

Comment tu vas ?

or just

Ça va ?


When using 'tu' it's definitely casual.

'Vous' can be formal and/or plural.

  • 1
    Using tu or vous is not a question of being formal or casual.
    – None
    Oct 6 '17 at 14:12
  • But the form vas-tu is considerably more formal than tu vas.
    – AJF
    Oct 6 '17 at 16:58

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