When you are familiar with the relative pronouns in English, it will be much easier understanding those in French. However, if you cannot recall all the grammar lessons in school, you do not have to worry since the topic is easy to comprehend. The facts that you use English pronouns in your daily speech makes it even easier to recall them. 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. For instance, they can be sued to point out clearly or accurately 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.
Relative pronouns are not only used to serve the two main purposes, they are also 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 French relative pronouns include words such as qui, que, lequel, auquel, duquel, dont and o.
Here are how you can use the French relative pronouns. The pronouns Qui and que can both be used to refer to persons or things. While qui is used to refer to the subject, que on the other hand, 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. When using lequel, you need to note that it follows 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.
O is a relative pronoun which is used to refer to places and times. When compared to the English pronouns, it can either be 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”. This article is therefore useful to people who want to understand the French relative pronouns.