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21 June 2016

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This lesson tells us to use Que at the beginning, or Quoi at the end of a question. So what about the phrase "Quoi de neuf ?"

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French lesson "Questions with qui, que, quoi, quand, où, comment, pourquoi, combien"


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21 June 2016


Bonjour Joakim! That's a great question, but I think I've got an explanation :) When asking simply "What?" with no verb or clause afterwards, you will use the word "Quoi ?" rather than "Que ?" (or "Comment ?" which is considered a more elegant term). Anyway, so when you ask "Quoi de neuf ?", there is no clause, as you're literally asking "What new?", hence the use of "quoi" and not "que". [You could use "que" if the question was "What is new?" = "Qu'est-ce qui est nouveau ?" or the rule would apply with "what [is there] new?" = "Qu'y a-t-il de nouveau ?" vs "Il y a quoi de nouveau ?". I hope that's helpful!

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