What do we call this tree?

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What do we call this tree?

Why "Comment appelle-te cet arbre" instead of Comment appelle-t-on cet arbre" for What do we call this tree?

Asked 3 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Paul,

"Comment appelle-te cet arbre ?" to express "What do we call this tree?" is not correct in French.

"te" is a reflexive pronoun which cannot be placed there in a question.

Comment t'appelles-tu ? = What is your name?

Comment s'appelle cet arbre ? = What is this tree called?

Comment appelle-t-on cet arbre ? What do we call this tree?

 

-> the "-t-" is used here to make the sentence easier to pronounce.

See the lesson link below:

Say your name

How to form inverted questions with reflexive verbs in French

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

What do we call this tree?

Why "Comment appelle-te cet arbre" instead of Comment appelle-t-on cet arbre" for What do we call this tree?

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