Lock in our old prices!
Your last chance to upgrade at these rates »

Is it possible to form inverted questions with reflexive verbs when the subject is "je"?

E. A.C1Kwiziq community member

Is it possible to form inverted questions with reflexive verbs when the subject is "je"?

One of the examples given is:

- T'appelles-tu Martine?

- Is your name Martine?

How would one say "Is my name Martine?"

My ear says that the kind of inversion describe in this lesson ("M'appelle-je Martine?") isn't allowed in French for the first person singular. But I could be wrong.

In any case, it'd be helpful to add either an example, or a specific note that this isn't allowed, to the lesson. Thanks!

Asked 2 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Eric,

First-person inverted questions are rare as you suggest. Please take a look at the following lesson listing the few verbs where they are tolerated.

Forming inverted questions in Le Présent, special cases: puis-je, ai-je, suis-je

So you would have to say -

Est-ce que je m'appelle Martine ? = Is my name Martine?
agy k.A1Kwiziq community member

cest mon nome Martine

E. A. asked:View original

Is it possible to form inverted questions with reflexive verbs when the subject is "je"?

One of the examples given is:

- T'appelles-tu Martine?

- Is your name Martine?

How would one say "Is my name Martine?"

My ear says that the kind of inversion describe in this lesson ("M'appelle-je Martine?") isn't allowed in French for the first person singular. But I could be wrong.

In any case, it'd be helpful to add either an example, or a specific note that this isn't allowed, to the lesson. Thanks!

Sign in to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Ask a question

Find your French level for FREE

Test your French to the CEFR standard

Find your French level
Thinking...