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How to ask "how often" in French?

You can use the expression tous les combien: Tous les combien, interroge sur la fréquence : L'autobus passe tous les combien ? Note there is no s at the end of combien since the latter is an ...
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How to ask "how often" in French?

There is no good direct translation I can think of, one would rather say “are you doing it often” and depending on the answer ask further “at which frequency”. Allez-vous souvent à la piscine? (Are ...
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Whether to say “c’est drôle comment” or “c’est drôle comme”

Comme implique une comparaison, implicite ou explicite. On peut le remplacer par « la façon dont ». Ce n'est pas un mot interrogatif.1 Comment est un mot interrogatif. Ça veut dire « quelle est la ...
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Is "qui" as a question word always singular?

TL;DR: dans une question, lorsque « qui » est le sujet, « qui » est considéré comme singulier et le verbe s'accorde en conséquence. Les questions commençant par « Qui sont ... » existent mais alors « ...
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Why is "qui" used here, when it looks like it is replacing a direct object?

Both examples you present are not equivalent. Compare: Case 1 Vous invitez qui vous voulez. You invite who(ever) you wish. Vous mangez ce que vous voulez. You eat what(ever) you ...
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Différence entre "comme" et "comment"

As Larme writes, the basic translations are: Comment : how or pardon (as in excuse me) Comment ça va? How are you? Comment as-tu fait cela? How did you do that? Comment? Je n'ai pas compris. Pardon? ...
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Is "qui" as a question word always singular?

Yes this is totally possible in French, much as it is in English. Who are your best friends ? would translate to Qui sont vos meilleurs amis ? A singular question could be Who is here ? ...
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Différence entre "comme" et "comment"

1. Comment Comment = How This works here: How do we do that? Comment fait-on ça ? But it doesn't work as well when "how" isn't for a question: This is how we do it! This can be translated: ...
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Une hypothèse ou non ?

Le mot « si » a deux fonctions en français. Il peut être conjonction, introduisant une condition ou une hypothèse, ou pronom interrogatif indirect pour une question oui/non. La règle énoncée à propos ...
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What construction is being used to ask the question "Que lisent les enfants?" ?

Building inversion lkl's answer is right about inversion. I however find his answer about when you can use inversion unclear, so I'll complete here. First off, inversion is a more compact form, but ...
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« Tu veux étudier quoi » est-il correct ?

Tu veux étudier quoi ? est du langage familier. Alors que Qu'est ce que tu veux étudier ? est du langage courant.
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« qu'est-ce que » vs « quel », what is the difference?

It might be easier to start with a comparison of que and quel(le): Que is an interrogative pronoun. It is never followed by a noun. It is often replaced by the phrase "qu'est-ce que" in ...
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When is “de quel” used as opposed to a simple “quel”?

You need de when you're saying "about/of which" rather than just "which." Quel livre voulez-vous ? - Which book do you want? De quel livre parlez-vous ? - Which book are you talking about?
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Qui and its uses

Qui IS a pronoun : It can play the same role as a noun in a sentence. It can be use for interrogating or as a pronom relatif that describes a noun. It is used to replace a person (and sometimes an ...
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Qu'est-ce qui change dans une phrase interrogative quand on place le mot interrogatif « pourquoi » en tête de la phrase ou après le verbe ?

Tes phrases se disent toutes sauf la 4e. La structure de la phrase ne fonctionne tout simplement pas. Pour la première phrase, les réponses que tu obtiendras seront oui ou non. Pour les autres tu ...
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Une hypothèse ou non ?

The two options you have are: Tu me diras vendredi si tu as besoin de mon aide samedi. You can tell me on Friday if you need my help Saturday Tu me diras vendredi si tu auras besoin de mon ...
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"Of" from Dutch to French?

In a sentence between two items at the same "level", "of" will be translated as "ou" ja of nee Wil jij een ijsje OF heb je liever een wafel? = oui ou non Veux-tu une ...
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Removal with quel

It's just one of those "formulas", or manner of speech that is not translated word for word between languages. It really means the same as "la question est, quels sont..." or "la question est: quels ...
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How is the indefinite adjective “quelconque” used?

Your first sentence is incorrect: Choisissez n’importe quels stylo que vous aimez. You'd rather ask: Choisissez n'importe quel stylo. Choisissez un stylo que vous aimez. Choisissez n'importe ...
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In French, how do you express a pair of interrogative pronouns "which" and "what"?

Les deux phrases en français sont correctes mais n'ont pas la même signification. Tel réfère à une partie des infections alors que quel n'en détermine aucune en particulier. On pourrait remplacer Quel ...
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"Je ne sais pas quoi demander" vs "Je ne sais pas ce que demander"

Il y a deux formulations possibles : Je ne sais pas quoi demander. Je ne sais pas ce que je dois/peux demander. Réponse au commentaire, « se souvenir » est un verbe transitif indirect, le ...
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What's the French word for "What" if it's the subject in an interrogative sentence? Like in "What did that to you?" That isn't "qu'est ce qui"

“Qu'est-ce qui” does not translate to “what is it that”. It translates to “what”. “Est-ce que” is a fixed idiom, it's one of the three ways of formulating a question: formal: verb-subject inversion, ...
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Can "que" be an interrogative subject pronoun?

Qui and que are both interrogative words. Interrogative words bear the indication of what kind of information you are looking for in the answer. For example, quand ("when") shows you are expecting ...
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How many of them (revisited)

No, combien d'eux cannot be used in place of combien d'entre-eux, just like combien de nous cannot be used for combien d'entre nous. At best combien d'eux might translate "how many from them" like ...
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How to ask "how often" in French?

Another alternative might be "Tu fais X combien de fois par semaine/mois/an...?" "How often do you go swimming". You must choose somewhere between weeks and years (for example)… which might lead to ...
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What does “Nous sommes le combien aujourd'hui ?” mean?

That means Quel quantième du mois sommes nous ?, i.e. Which day of the month is it today? Today's answer would be le vingt-deux (the twenty-two.)
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In French, how do you express a pair of interrogative pronouns "which" and "what"?

It is idiomatic to say Quel X pour quel Y For example it would be fine to say: Quel antibiotique pour quel type d'infection : ... It's also possible to say something like: Quel antibiotique ...
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Prononciation de « pour quoi »

It is pronounced the same way. But the meaning is different: "Pourquoi" is more about the cause and "pour quoi" the purpose. "Pour quoi faire" can also be formulated "pour faire quoi". Which ...
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« N'importe en qui » : en ?

En voyant le reste du texte, je pense que c'est simplement la transcription d'un accent, probablement campagnard. On trouve aussi plusieurs fois i au lieu de il et un a au lieu de la, et la phrase a ...
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What construction is being used to ask the question "Que lisent les enfants?" ?

It's inversion. Instead of saying Les enfants lisent quoi (the normal subject-verb-object word order), the subject and verb have changed places, and the object precedes them. And then, because quoi is ...
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