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Understanding the French Relative Pronouns

When you are familiar with the relative pronouns in English, it will be much easier understanding those in French. 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. In addition, it is worth noting that the relative pronouns serve different purposes. You can use a relative pronoun if you want to point out clearly or properly identify the person or thing being referred to. The purposes of relative pronouns are to provide more information about the person or thing being talked about.

It is worth noting that pronouns can also be used 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. When it comes to French language, the relative pronouns are used the same way as those in English. 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.

Lequel, on the other hand, is a French version of the relative pronoun “which” and it is used to refer to direct 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. The pronoun refers to whose, of whom, of which when translated to English.

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. Alternatively, o can be used as the question word where and the way it is used as an interrogative pronoun is the same as its use as a relative pronoun. For purposes of comprehending the o relative pronoun it 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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