"à choisir quoi regarder"...

TomC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

"à choisir quoi regarder"...

Every time I do this exercise I make the mistake of translating 'who helped viewers chose what to watch' as 'qui aidaient les téléspectateurs à choisir ce que regarder' rather than 'quoi regarder'. Why is quoi the preferred translation?

Asked 2 months ago
AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

The difference is that ce que introduces a relative clause, so it needs a subject and conjugated verb. You would have to say something like   ... à choisir ce qu'ils regardent.

Ce que (vs ce qui) = what/which (French Relative Pronouns)

ATTENTION: Case of quoi

 

Quoi will be used when what is followed by an infinitive = "what to do, what to think...":

 

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Tom, check this lesson. ‘Quoi’ when followed by infinitive. Ce que (vs ce qui) = what/which (French Relative Pronouns)

TomC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Thanks Alan, thanks Maarten :)

"à choisir quoi regarder"...

Every time I do this exercise I make the mistake of translating 'who helped viewers chose what to watch' as 'qui aidaient les téléspectateurs à choisir ce que regarder' rather than 'quoi regarder'. Why is quoi the preferred translation?

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