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"est-ce que ma chemise est verte” means"my shirt is green??"or "is my shirt green??"
but "est-ce que"and "est" are means"is"
who can explain。thinks

For learning: French
Base language: English
Category: Culture

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    "est" is only "is" in an affirmative sentence. In French, to ask a question, you need to invert the subject and the verb (like "il est" becomes "est-il ?") or you can use a question marker (expression or word that tells you are indeed asking a question) "est-ce-que" is one of those expressions. It doesn't just mean "is" now that it's tacked with the other 2 words, it means "?" And sometimes it doesnt mean "is" at all. For example, "est-ce que je peux venir ? means "Can I come ?"

    So in your example, it means "is my shirt green".

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