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Passerelles ep. 1, Quiz 12: Qu’est-ce que

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    ', '., '??
    L'anniversaire, 'rituel.continuer, 'signifie?rituel?
    L'anniversaire, c'estrituel.avantcontinuer, 'çasignifie?rituel?

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    L’anniversaire, c’est un rituel. Mais avant de continuer, qu’est ce que ça signifie? Un rituel?

    Birthdays are a ritual. But before we go any further, what does that mean? Ritual?

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    What does “qu’est-ce que” mean?

    “Qu’est-ce que” is a question word in French that is used to ask for information or clarification about something. Here’s some information about “qu’est-ce que” that can be helpful for learners:

    “Qu’est-ce que” is a combination of the interrogative pronoun “que” (what) and the verb “est-ce que” (is it that). Together, they form the question word “qu’est-ce que,” which can be translated as “what” or “what is it that” in English.

    It is used to introduce a direct question. It is placed at the beginning of a sentence, followed by the subject and the verb. For example, “Qu’est-ce que tu fais ?” (What are you doing?) or “Qu’est-ce que tu aimes ?” (What do you like?).

    The phrase “qu’est-ce que” has its origins in Old French. “Qu’est-ce” is a contraction of the phrase “que est-ce,” which means “what is it.” Over time, it evolved into the familiar form “qu’est-ce que” that is commonly used today.

    “Qu’est-ce que” is a versatile and commonly used question word in French. It can be used to inquire about a variety of subjects, from someone’s actions or preferences to their opinions or experiences. It is an essential tool for engaging in conversations and gathering information.

    It is important for French learners to become familiar with the structure and usage of “qu’est-ce que.” Practice using it in different contexts to ask questions and expand your conversational skills. Additionally, be aware that “qu’est-ce que” can also be contracted to “qu’est-ce qu'” before a vowel sound, such as in “Qu’est-ce qu’il y a ?” (What’s the matter?).

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