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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 3. Asking for Information About Something.
Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for asking about manner.
PATTERN
Eric: For example, "How are you going to the party?"
Yasmine: Comment vas-tu à la fête?
Yasmine: [slow] Comment vas-tu à la fête?
Eric: The pattern for asking about manner has 4 elements. First, the adverb "how."
Yasmine: Comment.
Eric: Second, the verb "to go," conjugated in the second person singular.
Yasmine: vas.
Eric: Third, the subject, in this case "you" in the informal.
Yasmine: tu.
Eric: And last, a complement, in this case "to the party."
Yasmine: à la fête.
Eric: Altogether, we have "How are you going to the party?"
Yasmine: Comment vas-tu à la fête? [slow] Comment vas-tu à la fête? [normal] Comment vas-tu à la fête?
Eric: First you have the adverb meaning "how," then the conjugated verb according to the pronoun, followed by the subject, and then the complement.
Yasmine: Comment vas-tu à la fête?
Eric: So remember, to make inquiries, start with the adverb "how," followed by a conjugated verb, a pronoun, and a complement about the thing you want to know.
Eric: Here's another example meaning, "How will you celebrate New Year's?" First, the adverb "how."
Yasmine: Comment.
Eric: Second, the verb "to celebrate," conjugated in the second person singular.
Yasmine: fêtes.
Eric: Third, the subject, in this case "you" (informal).
Yasmine: tu.
Eric: And last, the complement, in this case "the New Year."
Yasmine: le Nouvel An.
Eric: Altogether we have...
Yasmine: Comment fêtes-tu le Nouvel An? [slow] Comment fêtes-tu le Nouvel An? [normal] Comment fêtes-tu le Nouvel An?
Eric: "How will you celebrate New Year's?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Comment fêtes-tu le Nouvel An?
Eric: How do you say - "How do you play this game?" To give you a hint, "this game" is...
Yasmine: ce jeu. [slow] ce jeu. [normal] ce jeu.
Eric: "How do you play this game?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Comment joue-t-on à ce jeu? [slow] Comment joue-t-on à ce jeu? [normal] Comment joue-t-on à ce jeu?
[pause]
Yasmine: Comment joue-t-on à ce jeu?
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: "How are you going to the party?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Comment vas-tu à la fête?
[pause]
Yasmine: Comment vas-tu à la fête?
Eric: "How will you celebrate New Year's?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Comment fêtes-tu le Nouvel An?
[pause]
Yasmine: Comment fêtes-tu le Nouvel An?
Eric: "How do you play this game?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Comment joue-t-on à ce jeu?
[pause]
Yasmine: Comment joue-t-on à ce jeu?

Outro

Eric: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for asking about manner, as in...
Yasmine: Comment vas-tu à la fête?
Eric: meaning "How are you going to the party?"
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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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Try translating this question, "How are you?"

Nicole Claire Louki
Friday at 07:23 AM
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Comment vas-tu?

Nicole Claire Louki
Friday at 07:22 AM
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Comment vas tu?

Victoria
Thursday at 08:32 PM
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Bonjour à tous,


Per the translation of "How do you play this game?". Is it wrong if I translate it as "Comment joues-tu ce jeu?"


Merci.

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Sunday at 02:49 AM
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Je vais bien Mohammed merci !

Et toi ?


Bon week-end !

Marie Alice

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Mohamed
Tuesday at 08:28 AM
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Comment ca va