Questions: inversion in French

Questions: inversion in French

Here is the VIDEO

What an inversion is:

Vous savez   Savez-vous ?

However it is not that simple, the inversion works fine with the subjects: You, We, They in French but not all the times with I and He, She It

1. Inversion, Il, Elle, On with a verb ending with a vowel:

Il chante   Chante-t-il ?
We add a T for the connection and two hyphens.
Elle va   Va-t-elle ? etc…

2. Inversion, Il, Elle, On, with a verb ending with a consonant:

Il peut   Peut-il ? (no problem)
Elle prend   Prend-elle (the D is pronounced like a T)

3. Inversion Je

It works fine with verbs like:
Suis-je, Vais-je, Dois-je, Fais-je, Dis-je, Vois-je, Entends-je

Veux-je exists but only in books, when we speak we prefer to say: est-ce que je veux ?

Peux-je does not exist, we say Puis-je ?

With verbs ending with a vowel: je chante   chanté-je or chantè-je ?

4. Inversion with a pronoun:

Tu le veux   Le veux-tu? (the subject moved)
Elle y va  Y va-t-elle ?
On en prend En prend-on ?

As you can see the group pronoun + verb don’t move

5. Inversion with 2 verbs:

Tu veux manger le gâteau  Veux-tu manger le gâteau ?
Tu veux le manger  Veux-tu le manger ?

Paul veut manger le gâteau  Paul, veut-il manger le gâteau ?

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