So today in this French in Bordeaux article we are going to talk about grammar focus and more precisely where to place the subject of a sentence.
Most of the time
In French, most of the time (because you know that in French we have a lot of exceptions) we place the subject before the verb, which is something pretty common for Latin languages. For instance if you wanna say “I eat”, it’s gonna be the same as English, “Je mange”.
Grammar focus : In interrogative sentence
When the sentence is interrogative, the subject is placed after the verb. For instance if you wanna say “do you want some bread?” You’re gonna say “veux-tu du pain ? ». But you’re gonna think, I’ve never heard someone talk like that! Well that’s normal because most of the time we don’t change the place of the subject for an interrogative sentence. It is the case for us when we speak and most of the time when it’s a familiar language. So for the same sentence “do you want some bread?” we are going to say « tu veux du pain ? » instead of what we saw before « veux-tu du pain ? ».
That is a good example of the difference between written and oral language in french. It is important to know the rules of grammar but also to listen to how french people talk to perfectly understand everybody.