en lequel

Hannah

Kwiziq community member

22 May 2018

3 replies

en lequel

Hi, when is "en lequel" used in French or is it grammatically incorrect? 

This relates to:
Dans lequel / laquelle : alternative to où with places (relative pronouns) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

23 May 2018

23/05/18

Hi Hannah,

en lequel is grammatically correct and is indeed used. Here is an example:

Mon ami, en lequel j'ai confiance, habite à Paris. -- My friend, in whom I trust, lives in Paris.

Does this help? -- Chris (not a native speaker).

Hannah

Kwiziq community member

23 May 2018

23/05/18

This makes sense, thank you. 

Can you also use “en lequel” with objects?

And is there any specific reason why you would use “en lequel” rather than a different preposition?

Thank you for your help :)

Chris

Kwiziq community member

24 May 2018

24/05/18

Yes, you can use en lequel with objects. Actually, it is mostly used for objects because for persons there exists an alternative construction.

The woman I work for. -- Le femme pour qui je travaille.
The company I work for. -- L'entrepreise pour laquelle je travaille.

You might want to check out this lesson for further details:
https://french.kwiziq.com/my-languages/french/view/738

You're also asking why I would use "en" and not a different preposition? Which preposition you use depends on what you want to say. In principle, any preposition can be combined with laquelle/lequel/lesquels/lesquelles.

L'arbre sous lequel j'étais assis. -- The tree I was sitting under.
Les livres sans lesquels je ne peux pas continuer. -- The books without which I cannot continue.

I hope that helps, -- Chris (not a native speaker).

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