De + Qui , A + Qui

Michael

Kwiziq community member

4 July 2017

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De + Qui , A + Qui

When translating a sentence into French is there a way to decide if I use a + qui of De + Qui etc. In some of the B2 questions I am not sure of the correct grammar. To me xx could be that, of whom, whom, about which etc.. Perhaps its just any of the above.

Ron

Kwiziq community member

4 July 2017

4/07/17

Bonjour Michael, I believe that your answer lies in the context of exactly what is being said, i.e. to who(m) vs of which, (à qui vs de qui). Bonne chance.

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

5 July 2017

5/07/17

Bonjour Michael, It depends on which preposition, if any, is required with the verb or expression. Je parle à un homme --> L'homme à qui je parle (I'm talking to a man, the man to whom I'm talking) Je parle d'un homme --> L'homme de qui (or dont) je parle (I'm talking about a man, the man about whom I'm talking)

Michael

Kwiziq community member

5 July 2017

5/07/17

Thanks Laura and Ron. You have clarified this for me. At some level I guess it reflects my ability to use correct English grammar ;)

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