Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by Liss, Apr 23, 2005.
what does qu'est ce qu'il y a mean?
thanks a bunch
A little more context would be helpful, since it can mean different things :
- Qu'est-ce qu'il y a dans la boite bleue ?*
- What is there in the blue box ?
- Qu'est-ce qu'il y a ? Pourquoi pleures-tu ?
- What's the matter ? Why are you crying ?
* been watching Mulholland Drive, yesterday night.
haha thank you very much! you've answered my question!
Definitely need context. Even just by itself it can mean a bunch of different things..
For example, if some tough guy said "qu'est-ce qu'il y a?" (pronounced like "qu'est-ce qu'y a?) then a good English translation would be: "You got a problem?"
* I agree that pronounced like "qu'est-ce qu'ya!" effectively, it would mean: "You got a problem?"
* However, pronounced like "qu'est-ce qu'il y a?" would rather mean: "what happens to you"
no... in everyday speech, it sounds like 'keskya' and it's only the tone of voice determines what one means.
Maybe in everyday speech, it sounds like 'keskya'. However, if you modulate correctly, as we all should, it will sound like 'keskilya'.
But the main point I was making is that, IMO, with an exclamation tone it would probably mean "you have a problem?", while with an interrogation tone it would probably mean "what happens to you?".
my mistake rayb, i didn't pay enough attention to your punctuation, only to the pronunciation... so, 'tout est dans l'intonation', phew, this time, we agree to agree, for a change !
Instead, we would say: What's wrong (with you)?
I believe that we could also say: Qu'est-ce que tu as?
do you pronounce the ce in qu'est ce qu'il ya?
Separate names with a comma.