Translation of what in French:

what

Pronunciation: /wɒt; (AmE) hwɒt/

As a pronounWhen used in questions as an object pronoun what is translated by qu'est-ce que ( qu'est-ce qu' in front of a vowel or mute 'h'): what did you say? qu'est-ce que tu as dit? Alternatively you can use que ( qu' before a vowel or mute 'h'), but note that subject and verb are reversed and a hyphen is inserted before a pronoun: what did you say? qu'as-tu dit?As a subject pronoun in questions what is translated by qu'est-ce qui: what is happening? qu'est-ce qui se passe? Alternatively que can be used and the subject and verb are reversed and the subject becomes il: what is happening? que se passe-t-il?When what is used to introduce a clause it is translated by ce que ( ce qu') as the object of the verb: I don't know what you want je ne sais pas ce que tu veux. As the subject of the verb it is translated by ce qui: what matters is that... ce qui compte c'est que...

pron

  • with what? avec quoi? and what else? et quoi d'autre? what for? (why) pourquoi? (about what) à propos de quoi? what's the matter? qu'est-ce qu'il y a? what's her telephone number? quel est son numéro de téléphone? what's that button for? à quoi sert ce bouton? what's it like? comment c'est? do what you want fais ce que tu veux take what you need prends ce dont tu as besoin what I need is... ce dont j'ai besoin c'est... and what's more et en plus and what's worse et en plus he did what? il a fait quoi? George what? George comment?

det

  • quel/quelle/quels/quelles do you know what train he took? est-ce que tu sais quel train il a pris? what a nice dress/car! quelle belle robe/voiture! what a strange thing to do! quelle drôle d'idée! what use is that? à quoi ça sert? what money he earns he spends tout ce qu'il gagne, il le dépense what few friends she had les quelques amis qu'elle avait

phr (what about)

  • 1 (to draw attention) what about the children? et les enfants (alors)?
  • 2 (to make suggestion) what about a meal out? et si on dînait au restaurant? what about Tuesday? qu'est-ce que tu dirais de mardi?

phr (what if)

  • et si what if I bring the dessert? et si j'apportais le dessert?

excl

  • quoi!, comment!

Idioms

what with one thing and another

avec ceci et cela

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