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Google Auto Complete – des questions fréquemment posées

Très intéressant (et amusant) de voir les questions qui posent les internautes sur Google! En-dessous le diaporama vous donne quelques exemples:


  • recherche google why are

Tag Questions

A good way to acquire a good grammar. The tag always corresponds to the original sentence, so producing tag questions reinforces the question form of the tense being used.

You are tired aren’t you? “aren’t you” is the tag. It is like ‘n’est-ce pas?’ in French, but changes according to the grammar used.

closed questions (questions fermées)

Closed questions are questions that can only be answered by “yes” or “no” (or “maybe”!). In English, it is more polite to use the appropriate auxiliary verb in your answer. If the verb is “to be”, there is no auxiliary, so you use “be” in your answer:

(être: I am, you are, he is, she is, we are, they are)
Are you French? —> yes, I am

If “be” is the auxiliary (progressive forms), use it in your answer:

Are you going to the party tonight? —> yes I am

Was he listening to you? —> yes, he was

Other verbs take the auxiliary “do” in the present simple:

Do you want to come? —> yes, I do / no, I don’t

Does she work here? —> yes, she does / no, she doesn’t

Conseil: on emploie toujours l’auxiliaire dans la question pour la réponse.

Have you been to Italy? —> yes, I have

Can you drive? —> no, I can’t

Would you do it? —> yes, I would

Exercise: choose the appropriate short answer for the following questions:

  1. Do you want to go out?
  2. Are you cold?
  3. Does he live near here?
  4. Was she at the party last night?
  5. Is he your brother?
  6. Should I talk to her?
  7. Are you leaving now?
  8. Can you swim?
  9. Did you post the letter?
  10. Have you read this book?

answers:

1, yes, I do 2, yes, I am 3, yes he does 4, yes, she was 5, yes, he is 6, yes, you should, 7 yes, I am 8, yes I can 9, yes I did 10, yes, I have

 

question : how

1. Comment allez vous? – How are you?
2. Comment j’allume ce truc? – How do I switch this thing on?
3. Combien ça coute? – How much does it cost?
4. Combien de personnes sont là? – How many people are here?
5. Quelle age avez-vous? – How old are you?
6. Depuis combien de temps travailles-tu ici? – How long have you worked here?
7. Comment ça? – How’s that?

Here are the same questions with typical answers

How are you? – I’m fine thanks
How do I switch this thing on? – just press this button on the side
How much does it cost? – Oh, it’s not expensive, about ten dollars, I’d say
How many people are here? – just the two of us, baby!
How old are you? -I’m twenty-seven
How long have you worked here? I’ve worked for Jonathan’s anglais-facile.com since September
How’s that? – I don’t know, why?

Asking for prices and quantities

Notes pour francophones:
Paul utilise les mots ‘count noun’ et ‘noncount noun’.
count noun : nom dénombrable
noncount noun : nom indénombrable

Selon le contexte, certains mots peuvent être et ‘count’ et ‘uncount’. Des boissons, par exemple. Tout comme en français, on peut dire:

some beer : de la bière
a beer : une bière (un verre, une bouteille)

How much water is there? – combien de l’eau il y a-t-il?
How many cookies are there? combien de cookies (biscuits) il y a-t-il?

Sachez aussi que la règle ‘there is’ pour le singulier et ‘there are’ pour le pluriel est souvent ignorer par les anglophones. Même si ce n’est pas de ‘bon anglais’, personne (presque) ne serait choqué par:

‘there’s no pictures in this book’. (there are no pictures in this book)