Pronunciation / The voice rises to indicate a question

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In French, questions / queries are not pronounced with the same intonation as answers / statements.

The voice rises at the end of a sentence to indicate a question:

Tu manges des oranges ?

If a sentence starts with an interrogative word, the voice rises at the beginning of the sentence:

Combien d'oranges ?

The voice drops at the end of the sentence to show that it is an answer or a statement:

Deux kilos d'oranges.


The voice rises for questions without interrogative words.

To ask a question, the voice rises at the end of the sentence. The voice rises from level 2 to level 4.

Example: Tu manges des oranges ?

4. _______________ranges ?
3. __________des o______
2. Tu manges___________
1. ____________________


The voice rises for questions with interrogative words.

When a question starts with an interrogative word, you go from level 3 down to level 2.

Example: Où est le marché de Vilnius ?

4. ______________________
3. Où est ________________
2. ______le marché de Vilnius ?
1. _______________________

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Pronunciation: the voice rises to indicate a question

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