Use of don't/ de qui

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Kwiziq community member

17 May 2017

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Use of don't/ de qui

In the following sentence, "La chaise, don't/ de laquelle tu as cassé le pied, est maintenant inutile," I interpreted it to mean whose leg you broke and thus answered don't / de qui and not de laquelle. Why am I wrong?


Kwiziq community member

31 May 2017


Je devine que la leçon dont vous parlez soit cela "De + qui, duquel, de laquelle, dont = Of/about whom (relative pronouns)". I think it would be helpful to look at possible translations: dont tu as cassé le pied = which you broke the foot de laquelle tu as cassé le pied = of which you broke the foot de qui = of who(m) [ de qui (of/about whom), which can only apply to living things ] Cela m'apparait que dont et de laquelle sont les réponses plus exactes. Bonne chance, Ron


Kwiziq language super star

31 December 2018


Hi Ann, 

De qui  only applies to living things , so you can't use it for a chair...

Take a look at the following lesson for further information -


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