Quelqu'un peut-il m'aider...?

ThaliaC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Quelqu'un peut-il m'aider...?

"Can anybody help me?" I'm curious about why this inversion needs "il" after "peut"?  Is the non-inverted question form: Est-ce que quelqu'un peut m'aider?

Asked 2 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Thalia, 

This is the Kwiziq lesson you require -

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/forming-questions-by-inverting-in-the-present-tense-il-elle-on-forms

and the non-inversion question using 'est-ce que' is indeed -

Est-ce que quelqu'un peut m'aider?

JC1Kwiziq community member

I had a similar question: colloquially speaking, is 'quelqu'un peut m'aider?' not also correct?  I'm struggling to understand why inversion is necessary at all in the example.

Quelqu'un peut-il m'aider...?

"Can anybody help me?" I'm curious about why this inversion needs "il" after "peut"?  Is the non-inverted question form: Est-ce que quelqu'un peut m'aider?

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