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Understanding the French Relative Pronouns

One of the steps to knowing the French pronouns involves knowing the English pronouns first. However, if you cannot recall all the grammar lessons in school, you do not have to worry since the topic is easy to comprehend. 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. 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. 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. Alternatively, pronouns can be used to supply 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. There is no difference in the use of the French relative pronouns. The following are the words that serve as relative pronouns in French, they include qui, que, lequel, auquel, duquel, dont and o.

In this section, we will discuss 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.

When compared to the English relative pronouns, lequel is similar to the pronoun which and it is used for indirect objects. In most cases, lequel need to follow the prepositions , de or pour and only used when referring to things.

Another example of French relative pronoun is dont. At times learners may confuse the pronoun dont to be an English pronoun; instead it is a French relative pronoun which when translated to English, it refers to whose, of whom, of which.

O is a relative pronoun which is used to refer to places and times. The English counterpart of o could 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”. 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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