How to ask questions
Il coûte combien ?
Il y a une supérette près d'ici ?
Est-ce que le gîte est disponible ?
The simplest way to ask questions in French is to make your voice rise at the end of the sentence; the word order is the same as in a statement.
Very commonly though, French people start a question with est-ce que...? Est-ce que has no real meaning when on its own. Its function is to turn a statement into a question.
Question words like où ? quand ? and combien ? can begin a question, as in English.
In spoken French, though, they often come at the end of a question.