The three simplest ways in French to turn a statement into a question are:
1. Use intonation
Just as in English, you can state something with a querying tone (or in written form add a question mark).
Tu arrives bientôt ?You're arriving soon?
2. Prefix Est-ce que...
Is it that... added to the beginning of a statement is a common way to start a question:
Est-ce que tu as faim ?Are you hungry?
Est-ce que tu parles anglais ?Do you speak English?
3. Append ...n'est-ce pas?
Pronounced "ness pah", this is like adding is it not? to the end.
Tu es Jane, n'est-ce pas ?You are Jane, aren't you?
Tu parles anglais, n'est-ce pas ?You speak English, don't you?
Unlike English, French doesn't have different forms like don't you, haven't you etc. so it's always isn't it?
We might say Do you have any change? but in French you cannot say Fais-tu avoir de la monnaie?
See also the inverted way to ask questions: Inverted questions in the present tense (Le Présent) in French - regular forms (except il/elle/on forms), Inverted questions in the present tense (Le Présent) in French - il/elle/on forms
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