How to Form What Questions in French [+7 Examples]

How to Form What Questions in French

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to form what questions in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to form what questions in French
  • how what questions are used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to form what questions in French
  • how Anki files can be downloaded for how to form what questions in French

Please refer to the French A2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this fits in French A2.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to form what questions in French!

Table of Contents

How to Form What Questions in French (Formal Way)

To form a formal what question in French, you will use “que.

You would use the following construction to do this:

  • que/qu’ + inverted form…?

Que veux-tu ?

What do you want?

Qu’aimes-tu?

What do you like?

Que pense Jean ?

What does Jean think?

Que faites-vous ?

What are you doing?

Que veulent-ils ?

What do they want?

Please read the lesson on asking inverted questions, if you need a resfresher on this topic.

How Does This Differ From qu’est-ce que?

In the lesson on how to ask a question in French, you learnt that you can form a what question, using the following construction:

  • qu’est-ce que…? = what….?

So, how are these two forms different from each other?

  1. Using an inversion, is more formal than a qu’est-ce que question.
  1. Only the qu’est-ce que question type can be immediately followed by subject pronouns (je, tu, il/elle/on, nous, vous, ils/elles).

Qu’est-ce que tu aimes manger ?

What do you like to eat?

Qu’est-ce que vous voulez ?

What do you want.

You can see that the first word after qu’est-ce que is a subject pronoun.

When you use inverted questions, the first word after que is a verb.

Ce has been highlighted as you don’t pronounce this in French.

Example Sentences on How to Form What Questions in French

The final section of this lesson on how to form what questions in French is about seeing the questions in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to form what questions in French through examples.

Here you can find the sentences of the previous chapters, neatly stored in one place.

Que veux-tu ?

What do you think?

Qu’aimes-tu?

What do you like?

Que pense Jean ?

What does Jean think?

Que faites-vous ?

What are you doing?

Que veulent-ils ?

What do they want?

Qu’est-ce que tu aimes manger ?

What do you like to eat?

Qu’est-ce que vous voulez ?

What do you want.

Quiz Yourself on How to Form What Questions in French

It’s not enough to just read this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and practice them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

Anki File for How to Form What Questions in French

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A2 you can practice every French A2 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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