2Il/Elle Question: Paul parle français? When you come across a question ABOUT another person or people it will be answered very simply.This type of question will be answered with a OUI and the same subject and verb structure.Question: Paul parle français?Answer: Oui, Paul parle français.Notice how the subject and verb are in the SAME word order and have NOT changed at all. The only addition is the “oui”
3Ils/ellesThe same rules apply to questions about 2+ people or “Ils/Elles”Question:Sophie et Marie regardent la télé?Oui, Sophie et Marie (elles) regardent la télé.
4Tu Questions directed to TU are slightly different. ANY TIME A QUESTION IS ASKED (either in writing or in speaking) IT MUST BE ANSWERED WITH “JE” AND THE CORRESPONDING VERB FORM.Question: Tu écoutes le rap? (Do you listen to rap?)Answers: Oui, j’écoute le rap.
5VousSince “Vous” means “You” it can also be answered with JE and the corresponding verb form.However, since “Vous” can also mean “You” (PLURAL---y’all/ you all) it can also be answered with “NOUS” (meaning “We”), and the corresponding verb form.The change from VOUS to JE or NOUS MUST HAPPEN!!!
6Vous (continued) Question: Vous parlez français? (Do you speak French?)Possible answers:Oui, je parle français.OROui, nous parlons français.(NB—we are avoiding the “NON” answer at this point)
7Est-ce que…?If you see the expression “Est-ce qu(e)….?” at the beginning of a question, it has NO FUNCTION other than to introduce a question. It just lets you know that a question is next. IGNORE IT---it does NOT EVER appear in your answer.Question: Est-ce que Sophie aime Paul? (Does Sophie love Paul?)Answer: Oui, Sophie aime Paul.
8Pratique—answer the following questions in a complete sentence in French Est-ce que tu écoutes le reggae?Sonia aime Éric?Vous dansez bien?Est-ce que Paul et Juliette parlent beaucoup?