Qu'est-ce que c'est un stylo ?

Stewart

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29 January 2018

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Qu'est-ce que c'est un stylo ?

Two of the questions in this lesson are as follows: - Qu'est-ce que c'est un stylo ? Qu'est-ce que c'est qu'un stylo ? Could you please explain why the 2nd question has 'qu' inserted before 'un stylo'.

This relates to:
Qu'est-ce que c'est... and Qu'est-ce que c'est que ça/cela ? = What is... / What's that? -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

29 January 2018

29/01/18

Bonjour Stewart ! These are simply two ways to ask questions in French. The second is actually more elegant and is explained as such: "Qu'est-ce que c'est que/qu' + [thing]?" I can't really justify the structure, all I can say is that it's literally very convoluted to an English ear : "What is it that it's that [a thing]?" I hope that helps :) Bonne journée !

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

29 January 2018

29/01/18

Thank you Aurélie, your answer is fine.

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