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It would be helpful if the lesson contrasted qui and ce qui. Thank you, K

K

Kwiziq community member

18 January 2018

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It would be helpful if the lesson contrasted qui and ce qui. Thank you, K

This relates to:
Qui = Who, which, that (relative pronouns) -

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

18 January 2018

18/01/18

Hi K - if you click on the pronom relatif links in the lesson you''ll see all the lessons we have on that topic, including ce qui and ce que.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

18 January 2018

18/01/18

In a nutshell: you use "qui" (=which/what) as the subject of a subordinate clause to refer to a noun in the main clause. If there is no clear target in the main clause to which "qui" can refer, you use "ce qui" (=that which).

1) Ce qui m'interesse, c'est la musique. -- What interests me is music.
2) La musique, qui m'interesse, est le jazz. -- The music, which interests, me is jazz.

In the first example the "what" has no clear target in the main clause, hence "ce qui" is used in French. In the second example, "qui" refers directly to "music" and therefore you can use it by itself.

Greetings, -- Chris (not a native speaker).

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