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What is this informal greeting in French containing “forme” and similar to “what’s up”?

Comment vas-tu ?
La forme ?
Ca va ?

It is certainly:

T’es en forme? (Es-tu en forme?)


T’as la forme? (As-tu la forme?)

Both expressions are very common, and rather informal.

It means a bit more than “how are you?”. The meaning is closer to “Do you feel energetic/motivated/excited?”

The most literal English translation is “Are you in a good shape?”

En complément aux réponses déjà fournies, la traduction habituelle de what’s up Cf. Reverso :

Qu’est-ce qui se passe ?

Dans lequel la notion de forme n’existe pas.

On entendra plus souvent :

Quoi d’neuf, doc’ ?

Familier – C’est la première question que pose Bugs Bunny lorsqu’il apparaît à l’écran, en honorant du titre de Docteur tous ses interlocuteurs.

N.B. : En France on n’emploie Docteur que pour présenter ou parler à un médecin, les autres titres de docteur ne sont cités que sur les papiers officiels ou les cartes de visites, sur lesquels on précise la qualité : docteur en sciences, docteur ès lettres.

Qu’y a-t-il de nouveau, ? interrogation de curiosité
Qu’est-ce qu’il y a de nouveau ? plus soutenu, plus inquisitorial.

EDIT suite au commentaire, précision sur la traduction de what’s up

This was used constantly when I played football in the Dordogne.

Simply said like “en forme?”

Literal translation, “on form?”

Feeling well?

I wasn’t aware it could be used in a different situation than during sport, evidently, it can.

As a complement

Ca va

it seems that the expression “Ca va?” comes from an old expression, used by doctor’s asking to their patient if they really success to defecate :

Ca va > verb “Aller” > means “Aller à la selle” > pooh

Source :http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salutation#Comment_allez-vous_.3F

With a single googling, it seems this explaination half time is an urban legend, half time a true story … but there is not any proof 😉

Avoir la forme / Etre en forme

This expression seems to take place in the XII century.
But once again, I don’t find any authoritarive source, just indirects mentions, like here : http://www.expressio.fr/expressions/en-bonne-et-due-forme.php
(Be careful “En bonne et dûe forme” means your a regular regarding the Law / a rule )


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What is the capital of Tunisia?