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Designed in particular for the language learner and for others requiring an outline of casual French morphology and syntax, Colloquial French Grammar is the 1st special non-technical survey in English of the numerous changes among average and non-standard utilization.

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Combien de temps mettez-vous pour venir à l'école? Dix minutes, Monsieur. Et par quel moyen de transport venez-vous? A bicyclette, Monsieur. 3 Indirect questions In standard French, direct and indirect questions are clearly distinct in structure. Inversion, as we have seen, is a characteristic feature of the direct type: pourquoi ris-tu?. But it never occurs in an indirect question: *je te demande pourquoi ris-tu. In colloquial French, on the other hand, inversion does not occur in either type.

Le français populaire a fait du pas renforçateur d'autrefois une particule négative à part entière: cette simplification qu'il convient évidemment de mettre en rapport avec la faiblesse du a [ns > n] et la place de pas qui porte l'accent à la fin d'un groupe rythmique, s'étend irrésistiblement dans le français courant; pas l'a déjà emporté dans la langue parlée. (Muller 1985: 246) EXERCISE 18 How do the views and attitudes of Guiraud and Muller differ from those of Capelovici? 2 Forming questions Even in standard French there is more than one way of phrasing questions, and many others are encountered in colloquial usage.

The forms with ti became increasingly associated with rural speech, and today they are rarely used by urban dwellers. If indeed they ever were: there is a quite pervasive 'mythology' according to which ti is an archetypal feature of popular Parisian French (see some of the quotations below). Ti does survive in jocular contexts, however: mock surprise can be signalled by voilà-ti pas (voilà-ti pas que le facteur arrive), and a hearty, back-slapping ça va-ti? is a quite commonly encountered greeting.

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