Un pronom relatif, c’est quoi ?

What is a relative pronoun?

Personally, I find understanding the technical terms of grammar rather awkward. So, don’t worry if you find French easier to understand without them.

I will try my best to explain it without them, and with plenty of examples.

However, what you are learning this month are called les pronoms relatifs (relative pronouns, but I’m going to continue using the French term).

They basically allow us to connect related things together and avoid the repetition of subjects and objects in sentences.

For example:

  • Je vois un chat dans le jardin de temps en temps. Le chat est beau.

Perfectly fine, but could be phrased in a different way which reduces repetition of le chat.

  • Le chat que je vois dans le jardin de temps en temps est beau.

In the coming 4 weeks, we are going to be learning les pronoms relatifs from the ground up, with each week building on the last.

Sure, you can memorise sentence after sentence, but to truly master grammar you need to know the logic behind what you’re saying.

Que is where we will start. Don’t worry if you’ve already learned it to some degree. It’s good to refresh so that understanding the more complex pronoms will be easier and as a result you’ll be able to use them with more confidence, which is the ultimate goal.

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