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question1.
which of the 2 ways of askig question is correct?
1.-Qu'est-ce qu'il y a sous la chaise?
2- Il est sous la chaise. Qu'est-ce que c'est?
my French teacher said that the second one is correct, but why? can someone explain to me??

Question 2.
When should we use "le, la, les" and when should we use "un, une, des"??
for example, which example is correct?
1........sur une table.
2........sur la table

Question 3.
why the A in "A qui est?" don't have the symbol "\" on top of the letter?
"c'est à moi"--> the a in the answer has the symbol"\" on top of "a"

Question4.
why the French version of "how many children do you have?"
is "Combien d'enfants êtes-vous dans ta famille?"
why we use the verbe "Etre" instead of "Avez"????

lastly what is the meaning of "la politesse"??
I couldn't find the answer to it in the internet @@



thank you very much!!!!!
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(Original post by Lamalam)
question1.
which of the 2 ways of askig question is correct?
1.-Qu'est-ce qu'il y a sous la chaise?
2- Il est sous la chaise. Qu'est-ce que c'est?
my French teacher said that the second one is correct, but why? can someone explain to me??
Both are correct but they mean different things.
Qu'est-ce qu'il y a sous la chaise means: "What is there under the chair?"
Il est sous la chaise. Qu'est-ce que c'est? means "It's under the chair. What is it?"

(Original post by Lamalam)
Question 2.
When should we use "le, la, les" and when should we use "un, une, des"??
for example, which example is correct?
1........sur une table.
2........sur la table
Again, both are correct but they mean different things.

sur une table
means "on a table" - any table.
sur la table means "on the table" - a specific table that you can point to, or that you have already mentioned earlier.

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Question 3.
why the A in "A qui est?" don't have the symbol "\" on top of the letter?
"c'est à moi"--> the a in the answer has the symbol"\" on top of "a"
Accents are not obligatory on top of capital letters, that's all! You can write: À qui est? or A qui est?, both are considered correct. In lower case letters the accents are obligatory, always.

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Question4.
why the French version of "how many children do you have?"
is "Combien d'enfants êtes-vous dans ta famille?"
why we use the verbe "Etre" instead of "Avez"????

Combien d'enfants êtes-vous dans ta famille?
means "How many children are there in your family?" - the use of être here shows that you are included in the children. It does not mean "how many children do you have?", which would be: Combien d'enfants avez-vous?

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lastly what is the meaning of "la politesse"??
I couldn't find the answer to it in the internet @@
It means "politeness" or "courtesy".
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Both are correct but they mean different things.
Qu'est-ce qu'il y a sous la chaise means: "What is there under the chair?"
Il est sous la chaise. Qu'est-ce que c'est? means "It's under the chair. What is it?"



Again, both are correct but they mean different things.

sur une table
means "on a table" - any table.
sur la table means "on the table" - a specific table that you can point to, or that you have already mentioned earlier.



Accents are not obligatory on top of capital letters, that's all! You can write: À qui est? or A qui est?, both are considered correct. In lower case letters the accents are obligatory, always.



Combien d'enfants êtes-vous dans ta famille?
means "How many children are there in your family?" - the use of être here shows that you are included in the children. It does not mean "how many children do you have?", which would be: Combien d'enfants avez-vous?



It means "politeness" or "courtesy".
Thank you so much!!!!

For Qu'est-ce qu'il y a sous la chaise means: "What is there under the chair?"
I do not understand the meaning of this question @@What would be the answer to this question? like pointing a specific object?


thanks again!!!!
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Thank you so much!!!!

For Qu'est-ce qu'il y a sous la chaise means: "What is there under the chair?"
I do not understand the meaning of this question @@What would be the answer to this question? like pointing a specific object?


thanks again!!!!
It is a bit of a strange question, you're right. It sounds like someone has seen something odd under the chair (maybe something the cat brought in?!) and is asking what it is. Not one you're likely to use yourself in a hurry!

However, it is a structure that is often used by teachers to get pupils to learn new vocabulary. What is on the table? What is under the chair? What is next to the TV? etc.
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