Using de laquelle vs à laquelle

KalpanaC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Using de laquelle vs à laquelle

Could someone please clarify the rule for choosing between à laquelle and de laquelle in a sentence such as: 

"The girl I'm thinking of is Isabelle." : La fille ________ je pense est Isabelle.  "

I understand that they both translate "about/of whom" but they are not interchangeable. 

Thanks in advance!

Kalpana 

Asked 3 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Kalpana,

Chris's answer is great! To supplement, the preposition "de" or "à" depend on the verb you are going to use. 

Penser à [quelqu'un] to think about [someone] 

Je pense à la fille ->  la fille à laquelle je pense

I am thinking about my friends -> the girl whom I am thinking about

 

Parler à [quelqu'un] = To talk to [someone]

Tu parles de la fille -> La fille de laquelle tu parles

You talk about the girl -> The girl whom you are talking about

 

See links here: Verbs + à + [indirect object]  -  Verbs + de + [indirect object]  -  Verbs followed by à and de

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

you use de laquelle whenever you'd use the preposition de and à laquelle goes with the preposition à. The choice of preposition is determined by the verb.

Je pense à la fille. --> La fille à laquelle je pense. -- The girl of whom I'm thinking.
Tu parles de la fille. --> La fille de laquelle tu parles. -- The girl about whom you're speaking.


Using de laquelle vs à laquelle

Could someone please clarify the rule for choosing between à laquelle and de laquelle in a sentence such as: 

"The girl I'm thinking of is Isabelle." : La fille ________ je pense est Isabelle.  "

I understand that they both translate "about/of whom" but they are not interchangeable. 

Thanks in advance!

Kalpana 

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