How to ask what?

Cameron

Kwiziq community member

28 January 2017

2 replies

How to ask what?

I was taught that to ask 'what' when you didn't understand what was just said, you would say, 'comment?' Is this correct or should I say 'quoi?' instead?

This relates to:
C'est quoi, Qu'est-ce que c'est ? = What's that? -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

3 February 2017

3/02/17

Bonjour Cameron !

This is indeed considered as more polite to use "Comment ?" rather than the blunter "Quoi ?" when asking "what?" in French.
However, this only applies to asking "What?", and in any other more developed questions, "comment" reverts to its actual meaning of "how".

I hope it's helpful!
À bientôt !

Ann

Kwiziq community member

7 January 2018

7/01/18

I've been told both work.

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