I am asking the question form of this sentence -

Les touristes parlent au guide.

where we have to ask who the tourists talk to.


The second one is correct:

À qui les touristes parlent-ils ?

The second is fine with a comma :

À qui parlent-ils, les touristes ?

There is a third, simpler option:

À qui parlent les touristes ?

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  • The fourth one is frequent but informal: Ils parlent à qui, les touristes? – Nino Filiu Jan 15 '19 at 22:02
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    @NinoFiliu Indeed, also C'est à qui qu'il parlent, les touristes ? and even C'est à qui que les touristes y'parlent... It's good for a French language learner to be aware of these forms but they are to be used carefully in homeworks ;-) – jlliagre Jan 15 '19 at 22:25
  • Is there anyone of these which are applicable only while speaking i.e with intonation? – Kushagra Gupta Jan 16 '19 at 6:24
  • The three ones in comments are informal / colloquial spoken French only but the fact à qui is used still makes clear all of them are interrogatives. – jlliagre Jan 16 '19 at 6:56
  • Merci beaucoup! You just saved my grade. – Kushagra Gupta Jan 16 '19 at 8:03

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