When using « Qu’est-ce qu » is it always followed by an article?

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Terry

Kwiziq community member

16 January 2018

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When using « Qu’est-ce qu » is it always followed by an article?

This relates to:
Qu'est-ce que c'est... and Qu'est-ce que c'est que ça/cela ? = What is... / What's that? -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

17 January 2018

17/01/18

In asking "What is ...." kind of questions I can't think of an example where you wouldn't need either a definite or indefinite article in French. -- Chris (not a native speaker).

Terry

Kwiziq community member

17 January 2018

17/01/18

Thanks. I think what I’m actually confused about but didn’t state it well, is when to use ...que c’est? And when to use only ...que? I.e. the difference between Qu’est-ce que...(le stylo)? and Qu’est-ce que c’est (le stylo)? I keep getting them incorrect and i find the explanation in the ‘explain this’ section to not be very clear/helpful.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

5 September 2018

5/09/18

Hi Terry,

Qu'est-ce que is more formal than Qu'est-ce que c'est que

Hope this helps!

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