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Lequel, "which one," is the third interrogative pronoun and the pronominal equivalent of the interrogative adjective quel, meaning that quel + noun can be replaced by lequel. And like quel, lequel has different forms depending on the gender and number of the noun it replaces.
|quel dictionnaire > lequel||which dictionary > which one|
|quelle salle > laquelle||which room > which one|
|quels journaux > lesquels||which newspapers > which ones|
|quelles écoles > lesquelles||which schools > which ones|
Note that lequel always requires an antecedent – a previously mentioned word that the pronoun refers back to and replaces.
|– Je vais acheter la voiture.|
– Laquelle ?
|– I’m going to buy the car.|
– Which one?
|– Nous avons vu ton frère.|
– Lequel ? J’en ai quatre.
|– We saw your brother.|
– Which one? I have four.
|– Je vais parler à mon prof.|
– Auquel ?
|– I’m going to talk to my teacher.|
– (To) Which one?
|– Il se souvient de notre voyage.|
– Duquel ? Celui en France ou en Italie ?
|– He’s remembering our trip.|
– Which one? The one to France or Italy?
- N’importe lequel
- All about lequel: forms and uses
- Quel – interrogative adjective
- Qui and que – interrogative pronouns
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