Formality of questions

AnneC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Formality of questions

Just a quick question. Is qu’est-ce que + noun always more formal? I found it a bit confusing that 

 

 

a. the last two examples of it in Section 3 have no further mention of register and 

b. in Sections 1 and 3 the examples go from less to more elegant, whereas in 2 it’s the other way round.

 

Do realise this is an A0 lesson, but the concepts behind it are quite challenging.

 

Asked 3 weeks ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

The inverted form of asking questions is always more formal. Since qu'est-ce que + [noun]? is inverted, it sounds more formal.

Formality of questions

Just a quick question. Is qu’est-ce que + noun always more formal? I found it a bit confusing that 

 

 

a. the last two examples of it in Section 3 have no further mention of register and 

b. in Sections 1 and 3 the examples go from less to more elegant, whereas in 2 it’s the other way round.

 

Do realise this is an A0 lesson, but the concepts behind it are quite challenging.

 

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