Kwiziq community member
13 December 2018
1st person singular inversion
From time to time, in literature, I come across forms such as "parlé-je" e.g.
"Pourquoi parlé-je de Victor Hugo?"
Is this interrogative form still in use. Is it ever used in speech (probably not) or is it reserved for literary use?
This question relates to:French lesson "Forming inverted questions in Le Présent, special cases: puis-je, ai-je, suis-je"
How formal is formal? Are you suggesting a formal interdiction of inverted forms in speech?
I must sound like a pompous idiot when I habitually say:
"Puis-je avoir quelque chose" or "Combien dois-je" when asking for the bill, usually in the informal setting of a bar.
No one has ever commented on my pomposity. Are they just too polite?
Kwiziq language super star
14 December 2018
If I may add, to me someone using 'puis-je' in an informal verbal setting would be equivalent to an English person using, "One does this, and one does that ..." in a royal kind of way.
So it does sound precious unless you are a member of the aristocracy and then it will be expected of you....
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