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quoi

English translation of quoi

what

The French word 'quoi' stands for the English word 'what'. It is often used in forming or answering questions. Similar to the English equivalent, 'quoi' can either be used to ask for specific information ('Quoi est-ce? — What is it?') or to express surprise or disbelief ('Quoi? — What?'). Note that the word ’quoi’ is generally used in informal speech; in formal writing or speech, 'que' or 'quel(le)' is more commonly used.


Example sentences using: quoi

Quoi de neuf?

English translation of Quoi de neuf?

What's new?

This phrase is commonly used as a casual greeting, similar to 'what's up?' in English.

Il faut que je sache quoi faire.

English translation of Il faut que je sache quoi faire.

I need to know what to do.

This phrase expresses the speaker's necessity for guidance or direction about what action to take next.

Quoi qu'il en soit, nous devons continuer.

English translation of Quoi qu'il en soit, nous devons continuer.

Anyway, we must continue.

This phrase is a common way to transition back to a subject when faced with a minor setback.

C'est quoi ça?

English translation of C'est quoi ça?

What is this?

This phrase is used when one encounters something unrecognizable or surprising.

Quoi de mieux que des vacances en été?

English translation of Quoi de mieux que des vacances en été?

What is better than summer vacation?

This rhetorical question is often used to express excitement or anticipation for something.

Cela coûte quoi?

English translation of Cela coûte quoi?

How much does it cost?

It's commonly used when asking the price of something in any transaction.

Quoi que tu fasses, ne t'arrête pas de courir.

English translation of Quoi que tu fasses, ne t'arrête pas de courir.

Whatever you do, don't stop running.

An instruction or advice where the speaker gives importance to the action 'don't stop running' regardless of any situation.

De quoi tu parles?

English translation of De quoi tu parles?

What are you talking about?

A common way to express confusion or lack of understanding about the speaker's previous statements.

Pourquoi es-tu en colère? Quoi qu'il en soit, je suis désolé.

English translation of Pourquoi es-tu en colère? Quoi qu'il en soit, je suis désolé.

Why are you angry? Whatever it is, I'm sorry.

These two sentences display the use of 'quoi' in a question and as part of an expression meaning 'whatever it is'. It is a common way to express uncertainty about what is causing someone's anger and to apologize for it.

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