Concept Test #79 – Subject/Verb Inversion Questions

http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/gr/int3.html

Rewrite each question in the present tense, using subject/verb inversion.

  1. Bette : Tammy! Fiona! Vous dansez à ma soirée?
  2. Tex : Hé Tammy, tu adores le chocolat?
  3. Corey : Les insectes sont intelligents?
  4. Edouard : Tammy aime la France?
  5. Tammy : Tex et moi, nous allons en France cet été?
  6. Bette : Tex a du talent?
  7. Tex : Tammy ma chérie, tu n’as pas envie d’habiter avec moi?
  8. Tammy : Les chattes mangent des souris (‘mice’)?
  9. Joe-Bob : Un écureuil aime être amoureux?
  10. Tammy : Hé Joe-Bob, tu parles français?
  11. Il y a des cowboys au Texas?
  12. C’est difficile d’apprendre le français?

The rules:

  • Formal questions may be asked by reversing the subject pronoun/verb order and linking the two with a hyphen. You may have already seen inversion in fixed expressions like the following greetings: ‘Comment allez-vous?’, ‘Comment vous appelez-vous?’, ‘Quelle heure est-il?’.
  • In the third person singular, when the verb ends in a vowel, a -t- is added to make the liaison possible.
  • When the subject is a proper name or noun, the corresponding subject pronoun (il, elle, ils, or elles) is added for inversion with the verb.
  • The inverted forms of ‘c’est’ and ‘il y a’ are est-ce and y a-t-il.
  • Ne precedes the conjugated verb and the second half of the negative (pas, jamais, plus, etc.) follows the pronoun.
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