Level 2 FRENCH question on intonation, Est-ce que, and Inversion. (In description)Traduisez le question avec la forme donnee. 1. How does one speak french? (Inversion)...

Level 2 FRENCH question on intonation, Est-ce que, and Inversion. (In description)

Traduisez le question avec la forme donnee.

1. How does one speak french? (Inversion)

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TRADUIRE:  How does one speak French?  

Without inversionComment est-ce qu'on parle francais?

With inversionComment parle-t-on francais?

There is another way which is probably not in the textbook which you are using, but in conversational French and only in certain areas, people will sometimes place the interrogative word at the end of the question. Like this:

On parle francais comment?

Then, of course, in much conversational French, people simply raise their voices, changing the normal intonation, at the end of the question without using either the est-ce que [question form] or the inversion, as we sometimes do in English.  So, what would be a declarative statement then changes to a question by means of intonation only.

e.g.  Comment on parle francais?  [the voice rises, rather than falls, on the last word, francais]

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