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qu'est ce que- what is/are

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chantal Savignat Dec 31, 2017. 6 Replies

Do qu'est-ce que and qu'est ce que c'est que mean the same as quel est or do they express something else?i.e Could "what is the answer?" be translated as eitherQuelle est la réponseQu'est-ce…Continue

Jour/journée with number and attributive adjective

Started this discussion. Last reply by Esteban de la Cruz Dec 13, 2016. 4 Replies

I was told that you should always use "jour" with numbers and "journée" with attributive adjectives. But what happens when you want say something with both, like "I spent 3 great/magnificent days in…Continue

indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause

Started this discussion. Last reply by Neil Coffey Aug 11, 2014. 12 Replies

Can anyone explain to me why the pronouns and adjective n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc cannot be foll0wed by a relative clause ? I've read that this construction is forbidden but I cannot figure out the…Continue

Subjunctive or Indicative with superlatives

Started this discussion. Last reply by alan gould Mar 27, 2014. 8 Replies

Can anyone tell me how one decides between the subjunctive and indicative in a clause dependent on nouns that are modified by the superlative or the adjectives premier, dernier, unique, seul? I've…Continue

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Chantal Savignat replied to michael rivers's discussion qu'est ce que- what is/are
"Oui j'aurais du corriger : c'est bien "le" rôle. > Quel est le rôle de la religion dans la société ? et aussi : quelle est votre boisonn preferé? => Quelle est votre boisson…"
Dec 31, 2017

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George Hunt replied to michael rivers's discussion qu'est ce que- what is/are
""la role"? I see "le role" is far ,far more referenced in google as I expected.(737,000 vs  586! )"
Dec 31, 2017
Chantal Savignat replied to michael rivers's discussion qu'est ce que- what is/are
"Yes, that recap is ok."
Dec 30, 2017
michael rivers replied to michael rivers's discussion qu'est ce que- what is/are
"Thanks for the reply. So if I understand you correctly we use "qu'est-ce que" with a noun only when you want the definition of that noun but you would use "quel est+noun" for basically everything…"
Dec 21, 2017
Chantal Savignat replied to michael rivers's discussion qu'est ce que- what is/are
"Hello,  "qu'est ce que ..." may be  used for more questions than "quel est...". "Quel est..." is formal and informal, It is used in oral language too. it's the right way to ask  "quel est…"
Dec 12, 2017

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George Hunt replied to michael rivers's discussion qu'est ce que- what is/are
"We have been very quiet on this forum recently.Hopefully one of our native speakers  or more qualified members will drop in and give you an answer. Otherwise, I will try my best in a few days ;-)"
Nov 25, 2017
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qu'est ce que- what is/are

Do qu'est-ce que and qu'est ce que c'est que mean the same as quel est or do they express something else?i.e Could "what is the answer?" be translated as eitherQuelle est la réponseQu'est-ce que(c'est que) la réponseAlso does the "c'est que" addition make it more formal or informal?Thanks in advance for any help.See More
Nov 24, 2017
Esteban de la Cruz replied to michael rivers's discussion Jour/journée with number and attributive adjective
"That 'it. The Journée is the time contained in a Jour"
Dec 13, 2016

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George Hunt replied to michael rivers's discussion Jour/journée with number and attributive adjective
"That is my understanding."
Dec 5, 2016
michael rivers replied to michael rivers's discussion Jour/journée with number and attributive adjective
"Thanks for the reply. So basically it can be either of the two depending on the nuance that you want to express."
Dec 4, 2016
michael rivers replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"I found it in "A Comprehensive French Grammar" by Glanville Price. It states "Do not expand n'importe qui etc. by means of relative clause, i.e. do not use them as equivalents for qui que ce soit qui, quoi que or ou que. If…"
Aug 10, 2014

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George Hunt replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"I get 3 times more returns for the term "Quiconque d'entre  vous....." than "Quiconque de vous" in Google. Maybe that phrase is better or more contemporary?"
Aug 9, 2014
Benoît replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"In this particular case you should say : "Quiconque restera en arrière..." or "Ceux qui..." or even better "Ceux d'entre vous qui resteront..." I'm not used to something like "Quiconque de…"
Aug 9, 2014
susan klee replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"As for the person who needs to "know the logic:". Logic? In language? I am a native English-speaker fairly fluent in French & Italian. I teach English to people whose first languages are anything but. When a student asks:…"
Aug 8, 2014
Vedas replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"They sound ok to me maybe the second one could be more simple: choissisez n'importe quelle chemise du magasin another similar sentence: Ce n'est pas n'importe qui qui peut faire ça. I know that in a (very) formarlly style…"
Aug 8, 2014
Robert replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"Does that mean the 2 in the top post (Michael Rivers's) are ok ? If not, how would you rewrite them? I cannot not find examples that fit those patterns, so I assume the mentioned rule aurait raison."
Aug 8, 2014

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