Questions tagged [inversion]

Figure de style consistant à changer l'ordre habituel des mots / A stylistic device consisting in changing the normal word order

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Extra vowel before inverted “je”

Somehow I didn't notice the following phenomenon till recently. Normal inversion: Je dors. Dors-je ? New phenomenon for me: Je parle des trois mousquetaires. Parlé-je des trois ...
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What is this inversion called, and is it formal or normal?

There's a certain type of interrogative phrasing I often stumble over, which I have always called complex inversion but which I am not sure of the real name for. I don't know why I thought it was ...
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Word order in questions [duplicate]

Depuis quand ce magasin est-il ouvert ? Is it correct if you rephrase this question to: Depuis quand est ce magasin ouvert ? or Depuis quand il est ouvert ?
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How else can l'inversion be used in French, other than to ask questions?

I was reading this article from Le Monde and I don't understand how this sentence makes sense: "...dans le cadre de l’enquête en cours sur l’attentat du jeudi 14 juillet à Nice, a-t-on appris de ...
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Simple inversion with “je”

I think that for reasons of sound, the inversion of je, as in aimé-je? prends-je?, etc. is fairly rare and the est-ce que construction is being preferred in speech and writing alike. But I also think ...
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Reason for inversion in “peut-être es-tu une dinde !”

I saw it in the tale Le Vilain Caneton. I don't understand how come there's an inversion "es-tu" if it isn't a question? The whole sentence: Tu n'es pas comme les autres, peut-être es-tu une ...
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Why does the part after “que” need to be expressed in inversion?

« Tu as dû bien t'en tirer, vu le souvenir qu'en ont gardé les hommes du président. » Translation: "You must have pulled out of the situation just fine, considering how the President’s men ...