quel âge as-tu? . how does this sentence mean How old are you when as tu means do you have?How did this sentence formation took place?

  • Thank you for answering but have still not understood my question?
    – srijan Sri
    Oct 11 '20 at 17:50
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    Ways of saying things in English do not correspond directly to ways of saying things in French. As I mentioned in my other answer, I would avoid trying to parse or translate expressions to/from French literally.
    – Maroon
    Oct 11 '20 at 17:51
  • How should I understand it then?
    – srijan Sri
    Oct 11 '20 at 17:53
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    – srijan Sri
    Oct 11 '20 at 17:53
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    Combien est-tu vieux ? would be the literal translation of "how old are you?" but is not used in French at all, and might be considered offensive if it was.
    – jlliagre
    Oct 11 '20 at 21:22

Quel âge a-tu? means what is already posted like: what age do you have?

How was it formed let's translate it.

Quel = What

âge = age

as = verbe avoir which is to have.

tu = you

Try making a sentence from these words, you'll get "What age do you have?"

It is also equivalent to what is your age? but that could be translated to quel est ton(votre) âge? since is is verb to be which is the English counterpart of être.


Quel age as-tu? would more translate to What is your age? or more literally What age do you have ? to make it easy for a beginner.

It could translate to How old are you? in the meaning, but it’s a harder for a beginner.

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