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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 4. Asking About Location or Position.
Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for asking about location or position.
PATTERN
Eric: For example, "Where are my keys?"
Yasmine: Où sont mes clés?
Yasmine: [slow] Où sont mes clés?
Eric: The pattern for asking about location or position has 3 elements. First, the adverb "where."
Yasmine: Où.
Eric: Second, the verb "to be," conjugated in the third person plural.
Yasmine: sont.
Eric: Third, the subject, in this case "my keys."
Yasmine: mes clés.
Eric: Altogether, we have "Where are my keys?"
Yasmine: Où sont mes clés? [slow] Où sont mes clés? [normal] Où sont mes clés?
Eric: First you have the adverb meaning "where," then the conjugated verb according to the pronoun, and then the subject.
Yasmine: Où sont mes clés?
Eric: So remember, to ask where something is, start with the adverb "where," followed by a conjugated verb, and the thing(s) you’re looking for.
Eric: Here's another example meaning, "Where is the bathroom?" First, adverb "where."
Yasmine: Où.
Eric: Second, the verb "to be," conjugated in the third person singular.
Yasmine: est.
Eric: Third, the subject, in this case "the bathroom."
Yasmine: la salle de bains.
Eric: Altogether we have...
Yasmine: Où est la salle de bains? [slow] Où est la salle de bains? [normal] Où est la salle de bains?
Eric: "Where is the bathroom?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Où est la salle de bains?
Eric: How do you say - "Where is the cat?" To give you a hint, "the cat" is...
Yasmine: le chat. [slow] le chat. [normal] le chat.
Eric: "Where is the cat?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Où est le chat? [slow] Où est le chat? [normal] Où est le chat?
[pause]
Yasmine: Où est le chat?
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: "Where are my keys?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Où sont mes clés?
[pause]
Yasmine: Où sont mes clés?
Eric: "Where is the bathroom?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Où est la salle de bains?
[pause]
Yasmine: Où est la salle de bains?
Eric: "Where is the cat?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Où est le chat?
[pause]
Yasmine: Où est le chat?

Outro

Eric: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for asking about location or position, as in...
Yasmine: Où sont mes clés?
Eric: meaning "Where are my keys?"
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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Try translating this question, "Where are you?"