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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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


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?


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


Q&A Forum 5 questions, 10 answers

Is this used in daily life?

In an earlier lesson, we learned that for normal verbs, inversion is usually too formal. People usually say the sentence with an upward inflection or use Est-ce que.

Is that not so in the case of reflexive verbs?

Asked 1 month ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

It still sounds very formal to French ears, no difference to non-reflexive verbs in this respect. However, one still needs to know how to form inverted questions.

Is this used in daily life?

In an earlier lesson, we learned that for normal verbs, inversion is usually too formal. People usually say the sentence with an upward inflection or use Est-ce que.

Is that not so in the case of reflexive verbs?

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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?

Asked 2 months ago
RowenKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

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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?

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

how to conjuncte this in interrogative when the subject is a name
Asked 9 months ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

HI Maheswari,

Lily a-t-elle son passeport?

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

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

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

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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?"
Asked 11 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

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!

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Merci pour votre réponse rapide.
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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?"

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Reason for sentence construction with faire

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

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).

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

-- Chris.

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

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.

Thanks so much Chris! I really appreciate your contribution to the many discussions on this forum.

Reason for sentence construction with faire

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