Forming inverted questions with reflexive verbs in Le Présent

Look at these questions with reflexive verbs:

T'appelles-tu Martine?
Is your name Martine?

Se lave-t-il le matin?
Does he wash in the morning?

Pourquoi se regarde-t-elle dans le miroir?
Why is she looking at herself in the mirror?

Quand nous battons-nous?
When do we fight?

Pourquoi la fille se moque-t-elle de son frère?
Why is the girl laughing at her brother?

Paul se brosse-t-il les dents?
Is Paul brushing his teeth?

Note that when building questions using reflexive verbs in French, the reflexive pronoun (me/te/se/nous/vous/se) comes first, followed by the verb and then the subject pronoun (je/tu/il etc.)

Note: When the reversed pronoun starts with a vowel and there is no "t" or "d" at the end of the verb, you must add the "t" between hyphens


When the subject of your interrogative sentence is a noun, this one comes first and it's then repeated by the matching pronoun

 

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Examples and resources

Se lave-t-il le matin?
Does he wash in the morning?


Quand nous battons-nous?
When do we fight?


T'appelles-tu Martine?
Is your name Martine?


Pourquoi se regarde-t-elle dans le miroir?
Why is she looking at herself in the mirror?



noun as a subject


Paul se brosse-t-il les dents?
Is Paul brushing his teeth?


Pourquoi la fille se moque-t-elle de son frère?
Why is the girl laughing at her brother?


Où ta mère et toi vous faites-vous les ongles?
Where are your mum and you doing your nails?


Q&A

Kelly

Kwiziq community member

18 May 2019

0 replies

General suggestion

Hello just a general observation/suggestion, sometimes a lesson is recommended by the bot but then we can't take the mini quiz because we already took it recently. So probably the bot should have recommended other lessons instead?

Maheswari

Kwiziq community member

12 October 2018

1 reply

"Lily a son passeport"how to covert this as question

how to conjuncte this in interrogative when the subject is a name

Chris

Kwiziq community member

12 October 2018

12/10/18

HI Maheswari,

Lily a-t-elle son passeport?

You need to explicitly state the name and then you can use the personal pronoun.

Dale

Kwiziq community member

13 August 2018

2 replies

How do you form inverted questions in passè composé using the object pronouns y and en?

For instance, if you want to ask, "Did he go there?" Or how about, "Did they take any?"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

13 August 2018

13/08/18

It would be :

Y est-il allé? = Did he go there?

En ont-ils pris? = Did they take any?

Y en a-t-il? = Is/are there any?

Hope this helps!

Dale

Kwiziq community member

13 August 2018

13/08/18

Merci pour votre réponse rapide.

Cathy

Kwiziq community member

28 February 2018

5 replies

Reason for sentence construction with faire

Chris

Kwiziq community member

1 March 2018

1/03/18

Please post an example sentence for me to know what exactly you are asking.

-- Chris.

Cathy

Kwiziq community member

1 March 2018

1/03/18

I did, but it didn't show up, will try again.  Nonetheless, thanks for your prompt response.

Cathy

Kwiziq community member

1 March 2018

1/03/18

In the following example, I am having difficulty understanding why the reflexive is used: 

Où ta mère et toi vous faites-vous les ongles? 

Is it because of using the stress pronoun at the beginning of the sentence? 

Thanks again.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

6 March 2018

6/03/18

Hi Cathy,

Sorry for the late reply, I must have missed your post somehow.

Faire is sometimes used in a reflexive construction such as:

Je me fais faire les ongles. -- I am having my nails done.
Ils se sont faits agrandir la salle. -- They had the living room enlarged.

In these reflexive constructions (se faire + infinitive) the role of the subject is always a more passive one. One is having something done rather than doing it onself. Another example:

Je m'aide moi-même. -- I help myself.
Je me fais aider. -- I let myself being helped.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Cathy

Kwiziq community member

6 March 2018

6/03/18

Thanks so much Chris! I really appreciate your contribution to the many discussions on this forum.
Getting that for you now.