Ce qui se passe vs Qu'est ce qui se passe

KalpanaC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Ce qui se passe vs Qu'est ce qui se passe

Can someone please help me figure out why the correct answer to "Savez vous . . . s'est passé" is "ce qui" and not "qu'est ce qui se passé"? I thought the latter meant "what happened?" 

Thanks! 


Asked 5 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Kalpana,

Both translate as:

what happened 

but you will use them differently.

Qu'est ce qui s'est passé ? What happened?  Question in direct speech 

Savez-vous ce qui s'est passé ?= Do you know what happened? question in indirect speech 

Hope this helps!

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Kalpana,

I assume you are querying "Savez-vous" rather than as you have written, "savez vous".

If I am correct in my assumption then the question is already set with "savez-vous" and would not require the further following question structure "qu'est ce qui ....."

Therefore"savez-vous ce qui s'est passé ?"   --> "Do you know what has happened ?" Would be a correct structure as it stands.

It is the difference between "Do you know .....? " and "What has happened?"

Bonne journée

Jim

Ce qui se passe vs Qu'est ce qui se passe

Can someone please help me figure out why the correct answer to "Savez vous . . . s'est passé" is "ce qui" and not "qu'est ce qui se passé"? I thought the latter meant "what happened?" 

Thanks! 


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