à qui or de qui or dont

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Dragana

Kwiziq community member

14 September 2018

6 replies

à qui or de qui or dont

Why is "les filles dont je pense sont géniales" - wrong?

parler de? 

Sometimes dont is used and in this case à qui/auxquelles

Dragana

This relates to:
À + qui, auquel, à laquelle = to whom, what, which (relative pronouns) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

14 September 2018

14/09/18

Dont has several uses but mostly it replaces a phrase introduced by a verb+de. For example:

avoir envie de: tu connais ce dont j'ai envie. 

Parler de: je n'ai aucune idée de ce dont tu parles.

Dragana

Kwiziq community member

14 September 2018

14/09/18

Hi Chris,

This does not answer my question.

The phrase "les filles dont je pense sont géniales" was incorrect according to kwizbot.

Why? if dont replaces "de" with verbs that need a preposition.

thanks

Dragana

Chris

Kwiziq community member

15 September 2018

15/09/18

The phrase is penser à quelqu'un. Therefore it would be les filles à qui je pense.  

Dragana

Kwiziq community member

15 September 2018

15/09/18

Can I say:

Qu'est-ce que tu penses de les filles là-bas?

Les filles dont je pense sont géniales.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

15 September 2018

15/09/18

Penser à = to think of

penser de = to think about

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

22 September 2018

22/09/18

Hi Dragana,

Qu'est-ce que tu penses des filles là-bas? = What do you think of/about the girls over there ? (penser de) 

Les filles à qui/auxquelles je pense sont géniales. The girls I am thinking of,  are great.(penser à) 

In those examples to think of means two separate concepts :

Penser de = What's your opinion on ...

Penser à = to think of someone/something

Hope this helps!

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