Use of dont

eric

Kwiziq community member

16 January 2018

3 replies

Use of dont

In French, does one think of somebody, or does one think to somebody. Surely " La personne dont je pense me rend heureux." is correct. The person of whom I think makes me happy. Yet the answer shown to be correct was, " La personne à laquelle je pense me rend heureux." The person to whom I think makes me happy." Please clarify this for me. Thank you.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

16 January 2018

16/01/18

Bonjour Eric ! Actually in French "to think of someone" is "penser à quelqu'un" : one of those tricky transference cases :) Bonne journée !

Chris

Kwiziq community member

16 January 2018

16/01/18

...and consequently "La personne dont je pense...." is incorrect. -- Chris (not a native speaker).

eric

Kwiziq community member

16 January 2018

16/01/18

Merci beaucoup à vous tous les deux.

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