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Understanding the French Relative Pronouns

One of the steps to knowing the French pronouns involves knowing the English pronouns first. 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. It is common to find people using relative pronouns in their daily speech; this makes it even easier for them to recall what they learn during their grammar lessons. 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 order to understand the pronouns, you need to remember that they all serve different purposes. One of the ways in which relative pronouns can be used include pointing 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.

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. 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.

Lequel, on the other hand, is a French version of the relative pronoun “which” and it is used to refer to direct objects. When using lequel, you need to note that it follows the prepositions , de or pour and only used when referring to things.

Another example of French relative pronoun 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. When using the o relative pronoun it needs to cover 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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