Agreement with Qui as a relative pronoun

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Kwiziq community member

14 May 2018

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Agreement with Qui as a relative pronoun

In the sentence, "C'est moi qui parle au prof '', does the verb agree with qui (usually 3rd person singular) or with what ''qui '' represents?  Ex:  Ce sont nous qui parle au prof .... ou .... Ce sont nous qui parlent au prof .... ?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Qui = Who, which, that (relative pronouns)"


Kwiziq community member

15 May 2018


Hi Deanna,

yes, the relative pronoun always replaces the noun it relates to. Hence, if "qui" refers to a plural noun, the verb in the subordinate clause needs to be in plural as well.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).


Kwiziq language super star

16 May 2018


Hi Deanna,

As Chris says the verb will agree with the preceeding noun. e.g.

C'est vous qui êtes sur la liste des candidats?

C'est nous qui parlons ...

C'est moi qui suis malade...

Hope this helps!

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