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What You Need to Know About 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. The facts that you use English pronouns in your daily speech makes it even easier to recall them. The words who, which, that, whom and where make the English relative pronouns. In order to understand the pronouns, you need to remember that they all 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. 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. There is no difference in the use of the French relative pronouns. Here are the words used as French relative pronouns, they include qui, que, lequel, auquel, duquel, dont and o.

Here are how you can use the French relative pronouns. You can use the pronouns Qui and que to refer to persons or things. When revising the French pronouns you need to know how there are used as well as their differences, for instance, qui is used to refer to the subject, whereas que is for the direct object.

For purposes of understanding, lequel serve the same purpose as the English relative pronoun “which” which is used for indirect objects. It is worth noting that the pronoun follows 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 When compared to the English pronouns, it can either be 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. 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”. By reading this article, you will have a clear understanding of the French relative pronouns.

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