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"J'éspère que vous allez très bien"

Emre can A2Kwiziq community member

"J'éspère que vous allez très bien"

Why is "que" used in the sentence above rather than "ce que", despite "vous allez très bien" seems much like a fact(though it is a wish)?

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Que can be used in several different contexts and come in different grammatical flavors. It can be a relative pronoun (with or without ce) and also a conjunction, starting a relative clause.

Starting with que as simple relative pronoun:

Mon père me raconte des histoires, que j'aime. -- My father tells me stories, that I love.

Que refers to the particular stories, which the father tells her.

Ce que, on the other hand,  refers to an abstract idea, often mentioned in a different sentence, and not to a specific noun in the same sentence.

Mon père me raconte des histoires, ce que j'aime. -- My father tells me stories, which is what I love.

Que can also start a new relative clause:

J'espère que tu vas bien. -- I hope that you're well.

In this case, que does not refer to any noun.

 

Emre can A2Kwiziq community member

And the same case with the sentence: "Ça fait 30 minutes qu'on attend notre table."

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Yes.

"J'éspère que vous allez très bien"

Why is "que" used in the sentence above rather than "ce que", despite "vous allez très bien" seems much like a fact(though it is a wish)?

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