Are these really equivalent?

Kevin

Kwiziq community member

28 February 2018

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Kevin

Kwiziq community member

28 February 2018

28/02/18

I keep seeing material that talks about the importance of distinguishing between them:

Dont for a phrasal verb : Le livre dont je t'ai parlé

Duquel/etc. for prepositions : Le livre au-dessus duquel j'ai renversé mon café

Chris

Kwiziq community member

28 February 2018

28/02/18

The distinction is a pretty complicated matter and depends also on the register you are using. Here is a page which explains it and also offers a little test in the end to check your understanding: https://www.francaisfacile.com/exercices/exercice-francais-2/exercice-francais-105504.php


-- Chris (not a native speaker)

Kevin

Kwiziq community member

28 February 2018

28/02/18

Thank you, Chris!  I did look at the Français Facile page the other day, which is why I was surprised to see the two possibiities described as equivalent.  

Chris

Kwiziq community member

6 March 2018

6/03/18

I don't see them as interchangeably equivalent. They serve a similar purpose but in some instances you need one where you can't substitute the other. I believe the site to which I postet the link in my previous post explains it pretty well.


-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Kevin

Kwiziq community member

7 March 2018

7/03/18

Thanks!

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