French translation of 'what'
What size is he? Quelle taille fait-il ?
What colour is it? De quelle couleur est-ce ? ⧫ C’est de quelle couleur ?
What books do you need? Quels livres vous faut-il ?
What subjects are you studying? Quelles matières étudiez-vous ?
(in questions) que
(after preposition) quoi
What is it? Qu’est-ce que c’est ?
What are you doing? Que faites-vous ? ⧫ Qu’est-ce que vous faites ?
What did you say? Qu’avez-vous dit ? ⧫ Qu’est-ce que vous avez dit ?
What’s the matter? Qu’y a-t-il ? ⧫ Qu’est-ce qu’il y a ?
What is happening? Que se passe-t-il ? ⧫ Qu’est-ce qui se passe ?
What happened? Que s’est-il passé ? ⧫ Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé ?
What’s bothering you? Qu’est-ce qui te préoccupe ?
What’s the capital of Finland? Quelle est la capitale de la Finlande ?
What are you talking about? De quoi parlez-vous ?
What is it called? Comment est-ce que ça s’appelle ?
2. (in relative clause)
(subject) ce qui
(direct object) ce que
(indirect object) ce
I saw what was on the table. J’ai vu ce qui était sur la table.
I know what’s bothering you. Je sais ce qui te préoccupe.
I saw what you did. J’ai vu ce que vous avez fait.
Tell me what you did. Dites-moi ce que vous avez fait.
I heard what he said. J’ai entendu ce qu’il a dit.
What I want is a cup of tea. Ce que je veux, c’est une tasse de thé.
Tell me what you remember. Dites-moi ce dont vous vous souvenez.
what about me? et moi ?
what about doing ... ? et si on faisait ... ?
and what have you (= et cetera) et des choses dans ce genre
what if ... ? et si ... ?
What if he finds out? Et s’il découvre la vérité ?
what with avec
1. (asking for repetition, explanation)
what? hein ?
you what? (informal) tu quoi ?
say what? (informal) (US) tu quoi ?
what! quoi !
2. (emphasizing opinion)
what a ... quel(le)
What a mess! Quel désordre !
What a horrible thing to do! Quelle horreur de faire une chose pareille !
what ... (followed by adjective, noun) quel(le)
What ugly clothes! Quelle mocheté ces vêtements ! ⧫ Quels vêtements moches !
what nonsense! quelle absurdité !
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But the term also catches what used to be called tax planning.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
One investor said: 'What matters is what releases value to shareholders.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
Nobody cared what sort of car they bought just as long as other road users knew it was new.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
That is it; that is what my work is about.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
That is what whittling away a current account deficit really means.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
That little something extra is what turns a good film into a great film.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
The conference circuit is also a good place to learn about what competitors are up to.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
This trick uses what is known as a key card.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
Your mind is clear and people really hear what you say as work plans take off.The Sun (2014)
And the midfielder (below ) knows what it is like to get results against the champions.The Sun (2012)
He knows what to say and what not to say.The Sun (2016)
I'm not sure what the club 's stance is now.The Sun (2016)
It's all about understanding as best we can what they will throw at us.The Sun (2016)
My attention is on something other than what can go wrong.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
Q ) So what is the solution?The Sun (2011)
We must be ready for what is thrown at us.The Sun (2013)
Would you like to know what mine is?Times, Sunday Times (2016)
You have to be true to that, you need to know what you stand for.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Look at what you have; then look at what you want.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Strange what life can throw at you.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
That's what makes people 's lives spin a bit faster.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
This one does what it says on the tin.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
But what about the rest of us?The Sun (2007)
He once said: 'What made us what we were in those days was this wonderful feeling we were still part of the people.The Sun (2007)
She blows me away with what she's doing vocally.The Sun (2013)
She opened the goody bag the minute she got in her car to see what was inside.The Sun (2014)
Tell me ; what happened to that bike?Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The farmer 's wife asked what I would like to eat.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
The outstanding parking fee is at least five times what the car is worth.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
They decide to do something and what rights do we common people have?Times, Sunday Times (2007)
They fit what used to be our criteria.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
This is not what car parking charges should be used for.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
We agreed what happened that night stayed there.The Sun (2016)
But guess what she walked away with?HABIT BUSTING: A 10-step plan that will change your life (2002)
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