Inversion involves changing the word order in the sentence, putting the verb before the subject pronoun. English does the same thing. For example, “You are going to the store” is a declarative statement. To
“You,” the subject pronoun, appears first in the declarative statement, immediately before the verb, “are.” In an inverted question, however, the verb begins the statement and the pronoun directly follows the verb.
Do you live in France?
In order to ask a question using inversion, the subject and object are reversed. In written French, a hyphen is placed between the two words to indicate their relationship. In spoken French, anytime you hear a verb come before the subject, remember that you're being asked a question. Listen to the CD for the pronunciation of the questions seen below.