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is a verb needed in the 'dont' clause?

KatieB2Kwiziq community member

is a verb needed in the 'dont' clause?

Bonjour,

In one of the questions, ""Il a huit amis, dont cinq sont anglais", I see "sont" being used. But in all the examples in this lesson, no verbs are used in the "dont" clause. 

Can I then also say, ""Il a huit amis, dont cinq anglais" ? Could someone clairfy?

Merci.

Asked 3 days ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Thank you for pointing this out Katie, it is indeed different from the English when you have to have a verb when using 'dont' as 'of which'

In French, you don't need the verb -

Il a cinq chiens, dont deux labradors = He has five dogs including two labradors ( or two of which are labradors)

In fact in English when you use 'dont' meaning 'including' no verb is required either.

But a good point!

I hope this helps!

Katie asked:View original

is a verb needed in the 'dont' clause?

Bonjour,

In one of the questions, ""Il a huit amis, dont cinq sont anglais", I see "sont" being used. But in all the examples in this lesson, no verbs are used in the "dont" clause. 

Can I then also say, ""Il a huit amis, dont cinq anglais" ? Could someone clairfy?

Merci.

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