How does "Tu as un chat'' mean "You have a cat" and "Do you have a cat?" when spoken? Simply due to the raised pitch at the end?
Indeed, you can ask a question by raising your voice at the end, just as Chris mentioned.
See link here: three-simple-ways-to-ask-yes-no-questionsintonation-est-ce-que-nest-pas
I hope this is helpful.
Yes, the difference in meaning is carried only by connotation. That works in English as well, to some extent: You have a cat??
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