Forming inverted questions with reflexive verbs in Le Présent

Look at these questions with reflexive verbs:

T'appelles-tu Martine?Is your name Martine?

Se lave-t-il le matin?Does he wash in the morning?

Pourquoi se regarde-t-elle dans le miroir?Why is she looking at herself in the mirror?

Quand nous battons-nous?When do we fight?

Pourquoi la fille se moque-t-elle de son frère?Why is the girl laughing at her brother?

Paul se brosse-t-il les dents?Is Paul brushing his teeth?

Note that when building questions using reflexive verbs in French, the reflexive pronoun (me/te/se/nous/vous/se) comes first, followed by the verb and then the subject pronoun (je/tu/il etc.)

Note: When the reversed pronoun starts with a vowel and there is no "t" or "d" at the end of the verb, you must add the "t" between hyphens


When the subject of your interrogative sentence is a noun, this one comes first and it's then repeated by the matching pronoun

 

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Examples and resources

Se lave-t-il le matin?Does he wash in the morning?
Quand nous battons-nous?When do we fight?
T'appelles-tu Martine?Is your name Martine?
Pourquoi se regarde-t-elle dans le miroir?Why is she looking at herself in the mirror?

noun as a subject


Où ta mère et toi vous faites-vous les ongles?Where are your mum and you doing your nails?
Paul se brosse-t-il les dents?Is Paul brushing his teeth?
Pourquoi la fille se moque-t-elle de son frère?Why is the girl laughing at her brother?
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