Ce que or ce qui

BrianC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Ce que or ce qui

I was surprised by the sentence “Je ne peux pas imaginer ce que serait ma vie”, as I normally see “ce qui [verb]” and “ce que [subject pronoun + verb]”. Should it be “ce qui serait”?

Asked 6 months ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Brian, this is a case of stylistic inversion : ‘ ce que ma vie serait ‘.  https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/inversion-with-nouns/

BrianC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Ahhh! Thanks Maarten. 

Ce que or ce qui

I was surprised by the sentence “Je ne peux pas imaginer ce que serait ma vie”, as I normally see “ce qui [verb]” and “ce que [subject pronoun + verb]”. Should it be “ce qui serait”?

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