Lock in our old prices!
Your last chance to upgrade at these rates »

Use of dont

eric d.C1Kwiziq community member

Use of dont

In French, does one think of somebody, or does one think to somebody. Surely " La personne dont je pense me rend heureux." is correct. The person of whom I think makes me happy. Yet the answer shown to be correct was, " La personne à laquelle je pense me rend heureux." The person to whom I think makes me happy." Please clarify this for me. Thank you.
Asked 6 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Bonjour Eric ! Actually in French "to think of someone" is "penser à quelqu'un" : one of those tricky transference cases :) Bonne journée !
Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
...and consequently "La personne dont je pense...." is incorrect. -- Chris (not a native speaker).
eric d.C1Kwiziq community member
Merci beaucoup à vous tous les deux.

Use of dont

In French, does one think of somebody, or does one think to somebody. Surely " La personne dont je pense me rend heureux." is correct. The person of whom I think makes me happy. Yet the answer shown to be correct was, " La personne à laquelle je pense me rend heureux." The person to whom I think makes me happy." Please clarify this for me. Thank you.

Sign in to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Ask a question

Find your French level for FREE

Test your French to the CEFR standard

Find your French level
I'll be right with you...