Use of qui

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Kwiziq community member

18 January 2018

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Use of qui

Eg. Tout ce qu’il fait m’agace. Ithought that qui was not shortened before a vowel and it would be ´Tout ce qui il fait m’agace,

This question relates to:
French lesson "Tout ce qui, tout ce que = All, everything that"


Kwiziq community member

18 January 2018


You are correct in that "qui" is never shortened to "qu' " before a vowel.

In the sentence you quote, it is actually "que" that got shortened. It can't be "qui" because "qui" is used only for the subject of the subordinate clause.
In the case at hand, the subject is "il" and "ce que" is the direct object.
Here is an example:

Tout ce qu'il fait m'agace. 
Everything that he does annoys me.

Ils me demandent ce qui m'intéresse. 
They ask me what interests me.

There are some dedicated exercises right here:

Hope that helps,

-- Chris (not a native speaker).


Kwiziq language super star

26 January 2018


Bonjour Jilly !

To complete Chris's great answer, here are the links to our dedicated lessons on ce qui versus ce que:

Bonne journée !

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