Quoi comment mot final

DianeC1Kwiziq community member

Quoi comment mot final

Bonjour,

A quoi sert le « quoi » à la fin du quatrième paragraphe ?

Je vous remercie. 

Diane

Asked 1 week ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Diane,

Maarten is correct and the link he shared is very good too! Here "quoi" is a sort of filler that French people tend to use at the end of a sentence, meaning "you know?" or "basically".

I hope this is useful.

Bonne journée !

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Diane,

Pure speculation on my part.

In these times (1940,s) it would not be unusual to make a statement (perhaps contentious) and then having made the "remark / statement" to seek approval by adding "What?"

Imagine an officers' mess drinks session. They are discussing the antics of a fellow officer who is a bit of a cad with (say) his exploits with the ladies. "That fellow Jones is a bit of a cad, what?"

This terminology is not so common these days, but certainly may have been heard in the officer ranks within (say) a bit of banter 70 odd years ago.

This is my best guess  --  hope it may help.

Bonne journée

Jim

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Quoi is commonly used in informal and varied ways in French. This YouTube from Geraldine at CommeUneFrançaise may be useful - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYgpnZlktF8

Quoi comment mot final

Bonjour,

A quoi sert le « quoi » à la fin du quatrième paragraphe ?

Je vous remercie. 

Diane

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