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. 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. You can use relative pronouns 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. When it comes to French language, the relative pronouns are used the same way as those in English. The French relative pronouns include words such as 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.
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.