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Kwiziq community member
10 March 2019
Pense-t-on means`Is it thought'?
Pense-t-on que Caligula était fou?
This question relates to:French lesson "On = we, one, people"
Kwiziq language super star
11 March 2019
If you take a look at the following lesson on the passive voice, using 'on' is one of the way to avoid it...
When you don't know who 'on' refers to -
On dit qu'il est parti sans payer = it is said the he left without paying
On a trouvé une carte d'identité dans le jardin = An identity card has been found in the garden
Hope this helps!
Yes, pense-t-on means "Does one think..."
It could also mean "Do we think" but the inverted form of the question, which is used primarily in a higher register of French, clashes with the more colloquial use of on meaning "we".
So, to make a question, just inflect `On dit/peut dire que Caligula était fou?
Good point about mixed registers, thanks.
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