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Understanding the French Relative Pronouns

For purposes of understanding the French pronouns, it is required to remember the English pronouns. At times one may have forgotten the content they learn during English classes, in such cases, there is no need to worry since the topic is easy to understand. People tend to use relative pronouns in their communications hence it will be easier to remember what they were taught in school. To understand the English relative pronouns, you need to know what they are, they include words such as who, which, that, whom and where. Furthermore, the pronouns are used to serve several purposes. For instance, they can be sued to point out clearly or accurately identify the person or thing being referred to. You can use relative pronouns to supply more information about the person or thing being talked about.

You can also use pronouns in grammar to connect the dependent clause or relative clause to the main clause and also to replace the subject, direct object, indirect object, or preposition. The French version of relative pronouns are used in the same way as the English ones. The following are the words that serve as relative pronouns in French, they include qui, que, lequel, auquel, duquel, dont and o.

Now let’s understand how the French relative pronouns are used. The pronouns Qui and que can both be used to refer to persons or things. The main difference between qui and que is that the former is used for the subject whereas the latter refers to a direct object.

For purposes of understanding, lequel serve the same purpose as the English relative pronoun “which” which is used for indirect objects. In most cases, lequel need to follow the prepositions , de or pour and only used when referring to things.

The other relative pronoun you need to know is dont. It is worth noting that dont is a French pronoun and when translated to English, it refers to whose, of whom, of which.

When you want to refer to places and times in French, you need to use the relative pronoun o For purposes of understanding, one may want to compare it with English relative pronoun, the pronoun o serve the same purpose as pronouns such as where, when or even which and that, depending on how it is used. Besides, you can use o as the question word where and the way it is used as an interrogative pronoun is basically the same as its use as a relative pronoun. This implies that the pronoun covers both place and time in its relative pronoun function and takes the job of “when” as well, aside from “where”. If you want to know much about the French relative pronouns, you need to pay attention to the pronouns discussed in this article.

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