Lequel – Relative Pronoun

Lequel - French relative pronoun
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Pronom relatif

As a relative pronoun, lequel replaces an indirect object when that object is preceded by any preposition except a simple de.*

Note that lequel has several different forms and contractions – see the table at the end of the lesson on lequel.

Par exemple…

J’ai trouvé une lettre dans un livre.
  > Voici le livre dans lequel j’ai trouvé la lettre.
  I found a letter in a book
  > Here’s the book in which I found the letter.
J’écris un article pour un journal.
  > Le journal pour lequel j’écris un article est russe.
  I’m writing an article for a newspaper.
  > The newspaper for which I’m writing an article is Russian.

In the above examples, the indirect object is a thing. When the object is a person, the relative pronoun is usually qui, but can also be lequel.

Par exemple…

J’ai parlé à une dame hier.
  > C’est la dame à laquelle / à qui j’ai parlé hier.
  I talked to a woman yesterday.
  > That’s the woman I talked to yesterday.
J’écris un article sur un journaliste.
  > Tu connais le journaliste sur lequel / sur qui j’écris un article.
  I’m writing an article about a journalist.
  > You know the journalist I’m writing an article about.

  Other prepositions

* When the preposition is simply de (as opposed to a prepositional phrase like près de or à côté de) the relative pronoun is dont.

Par exemple…

J’habite près d’une maison.
  > La maison près de laquelle j’habite…
  I live near a house.
  > The house I live near…
Je parle d’une maison.
  > La maison dont je parle…
  I’m talking about a house.
  > The house I’m talking about…

When the preposition is dans and refers to a physical location, the relative pronoun may be lequel or .

Par exemple…

Je travaille dans un bâtiment.
  > Le bâtiment dans lequel / où je travaille est très vieux.
  I work in a building.
  > The building I work in is very old.

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