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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Hi everyone, I'm Eric.
Yasmine: And I'm Yasmine.
Eric: And welcome to Must-Know French Sentence Structures, Season 1, Lesson 24. Tag Questions.
Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for seeking confirmation about a statement.
PATTERN
Eric: For example, "This is cute, isn't it?"
Yasmine: C'est mignon, n'est-ce pas?
Yasmine: [slow] C'est mignon, n'est-ce pas?
Eric: The pattern for seeking confirmation about a statement has 2 elements. First a sentence, in this case "this is cute."
Yasmine: C'est mignon.
Eric: Second, the question tag "isn't it?"
Yasmine: n'est-ce pas.
Eric: Altogether, we have "This is cute, isn't it?"
Yasmine: C'est mignon, n'est-ce pas? [slow] C'est mignon, n'est-ce pas? [normal] C'est mignon, n'est-ce pas?
Eric: First you start with a sentence, and then you add "isn't it" at the end.
Yasmine: C'est mignon, n'est-ce pas?
Eric: So remember, to ask for confirmation about a statement, just ask "isn't it" after your sentence.
Eric: Here's another example meaning, "It's a small world, isn't it?" First a sentence, in this case "it's a small world" or, literally, "the world is small."
Yasmine: Le monde est petit.
Eric: Second, the question tag "isn't it."
Yasmine: n'est-ce pas.
Eric: Altogether we have...
Yasmine: Le monde est petit, n'est-ce pas? [slow] Le monde est petit, n'est-ce pas? [normal] Le monde est petit, n'est-ce pas?
Eric: "It's a small world, isn't it?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Le monde est petit, n'est-ce pas?
Eric: How do you say - "You like spinach, right?" To give you a hint, "to like spinach" is...
Yasmine: aimer les épinards. [slow] aimer les épinards. [normal] aimer les épinards.
Eric: "You like spinach, right?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Tu aimes les épinards, n'est-ce pas? [slow] Tu aimes les épinards, n'est-ce pas? [normal] Tu aimes les épinards, n'est-ce pas?
[pause]
Yasmine: Tu aimes les épinards, n'est-ce pas?
REVIEW
Eric: Let's review the sentences from this lesson. I’ll give you the English equivalent of the phrase, and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud in French. Here we go.
Eric: "This is cute, isn't it?"
[pause]
Yasmine: C'est mignon, n'est-ce pas?
[pause]
Yasmine: C'est mignon, n'est-ce pas?
Eric: "It's a small world, isn't it? "
[pause]
Yasmine: Le monde est petit, n'est-ce pas?
[pause]
Yasmine: Le monde est petit, n'est-ce pas?
Eric: "You like spinach, right?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Tu aimes les épinards, n'est-ce pas?
[pause]
Yasmine: Tu aimes les épinards, n'est-ce pas?

Outro

Eric: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for seeking confirmation about a statement, as in...
Yasmine: C'est mignon, n'est-ce pas?
Eric: meaning "This is cute, isn't it?"
Eric: You can find more vocab or phrases that go with this sentence pattern in the lesson notes. So please be sure to check them out on FrenchPod101.com. Thanks, everyone, see you next time!
Yasmine: A la prochaine!

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