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Can weather expressions and other impersonal expressions be inverted?

It is not only possible but is the canonical formal (or written) way to ask those questions; being a placeholder pronoun is not an obstacle to inversion. That said, it is very uncommon and would sound overly formal or charmingly old-fashioned in most contexts. So you are safe using them, but would probably get you spotted as a non-native speaker. The usual forms are built on “​est-ce que

Est-ce qu’il pleut ?
Est-ce qu’il neige ?
Est-ce qu’il y a quelqu’un ?

or even

Il pleut ?

discarding est-ce que and relying on intonation to denote the interrogative nature.

But remember that this only applies to oral and that inversion is the canonical form for writing.

As a French, I would say that all these sentences sound (actually are) correct.

Pleut-il ? Neige-t-il ? Fait-il froid ? Fait-il beau ? Me faut-il un crayon ?

as well as

Est-ce qu’il pleut ? Est-ce qu’il neige ? etc.

I would personally rather use

Est-ce qu’il me faut un crayon ?


Me faut-il un crayon ?

when talking to somebody. But both are OK. The latter would sound more formal. The former is more casual.

Also, dois-je prendre un crayon ? could be more natural, but that’s just a way of saying it.


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What is the capital of Tunisia?