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How to use ‘where’ in French questions?

How to use ‘where’ in French questions? Listen to this episode to find out how to use the tricky ‘Where’ in French. Today, not only you’ll know how to ask ‘where is this’ but also, you’ll learn how to understand ‘where are you from?’, ‘where do you live?’…and of course ‘Where is the bathroom?’


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How to ask questions with ‘where’ in French?

où = where

The accent does not change the pronunciation.

First, let’s remember the three levels of French: Spoken, Common, and Formal.

When you ask a question, you’ll use a different order depending to whom you talk.

#1 How to use ‘where’ in French when looking for places?

Where is this?

C’est où ?  In spoken french, you put ‘où’ as the last word of your question.

Où est-ce ? Where is this? In formal French, you will need to invert the subject and the verb such as in English with ‘are you’…

Où est-ce que c’est ? In common French, you add ‘est-ce que’ after ‘où’ and before the remaining of the sentence.

Where is the bathroom?

Où sont les toilettes ? (always knows how to ask ;-))

#2 How to use ‘where’ in French when talking to someone?

Where are you from?

Using ‘tu’ (when addressing someone you know)

Tu viens d’où ? (spoken French)

Tu es d’où ? / T’es d’où ?   (spoken French)

D’où viens-tu ? (formal French)

D’où est-ce que tu viens ? (common French)

Using ‘vous’ (when adressing someone you don’t know or more than one person (you all)

Vous venez d’où ? (spoken French)

D’où venez-vous ? (formal French)

D’où est-ce que vous venez ? (common French)

Where are you?

Tu es où ? T’es où ?

Où est-tu ?

Où est-ce que tu es ?

Using ‘vous’ (when adressing someone you don’t know or more than one person (you all)

Vous êtes où ?

Où êtes-vous ?

Où est-ce que vous êtes ?

Where do you live?

Tu habites où ? T’habites où ? (spoken French)

Où habites-tu ? (formal French)

Où est-ce que tu habites ? (common French)

Using ‘vous’ (when adressing someone you don’t know or more than one person (you all)

Vous habitez où ? (spoken French)

Où habitez-vous ? (formal French)

Où est-ce que vous habitez ? (common French)

Where am I?

Où je suis ?

Où suis-je ?

Où est-ce que je suis ?


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