Agreement with Qui as a relative pronoun

DeAnnaC1Kwiziq community member

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 .... ?
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CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

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!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

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).

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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 .... ?

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