Tout ce qui, tout ce que = All, everything that

Look at these sentences:

Elle aime tout ce qui brille.
She likes everything that shines.

J'adore tout ce que cet auteur a publié.
I love everything (that) this writer has published.

Both the expressions tout ce qui and tout ce que mean all/everything that.
However, they're used in different contexts.


Tout ce qui = all/everything that...

Use tout ce qui when the pronoun qui is followed by a verb or an object/reflexive pronoun (as opposed to a subject pronoun -je/tu/il/elle/on/nous/vous/ils/elles - or a noun):

Elle aime tout ce qui brille.
She likes everything that shines.

Tout ce qui me plaît te dégoûte.
Everything that pleases me disgusts you.

You can never drop qui, unlike in English that.
Nor can you contract qui into qu'.

Compare this with: Qui = Who, which, that (relative pronouns) and Ce qui (vs ce que) = what, which (relative pronouns)

 

Tout ce que = all/everything that...

Use tout ce que when the pronoun que is followed by a subject pronoun (je/tu/il/elle/on/nous/vous/ils/elles) or a noun (as opposed to a verb or an object/reflexive pronoun):

J'adore tout ce que cet auteur a publié.
I love everything (that) this writer has published.

Elle dépense tout ce qu'elle gagne en vêtements.
She spends everything (that) she earns on clothes

You can never drop que, unlike in English that.
But
you will contract que into qu' in front of a vowel or mute h.

Compare this with: Que = Whom, which, that (relative pronouns) and Ce que (vs ce qui) = what, which (relative pronouns)

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Tout ce qui me plaît te dégoûte.
Everything that pleases me disgusts you.


Tout ce qui vous fait peur est bête.
Everything that scares you is silly.


tout ce que


J'adore tout ce que cet auteur a publié.
I love everything (that) this writer has published.


Juliette ne comprend pas tout ce que Paul veut dire.
Juliette doesn't understand everything (that) Paul means.


Elle dépense tout ce qu'elle gagne en vêtements.
She spends everything (that) she earns on clothes


tout ce qui


Je ne comprends pas tout ce qui est écrit.
I don't understand everything that is written.


Elle aime tout ce qui brille.
She likes everything that shines.


Ton bonheur est tout ce qui compte pour moi.
Your happiness is all that matters to me.


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DraganaC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Tout ce qui/que

Can it ever be “ Toute ce qui/que”

Feminine? or is it a fixed expression?

Asked 2 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Dragana,

 'Tout' in 'tout ce que' and 'tout ce qui'  is invariable and doesn't change.

Tout ce qui brille n'est pas or = All that glitters isn't gold

Ne croyez pas tout ce qu'on vous dit = Don't believe everything you are told 

Hope this helps

Tout ce qui/que

Can it ever be “ Toute ce qui/que”

Feminine? or is it a fixed expression?

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ShreyA1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

French proverb - Tout ce qui brille n’est pas or.

Asked 8 months ago
ShreyA1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Here I want to ask why it can’t be qui only as ce qui is used when refering to a whole idea or a situation whereas qui is used when referring to a particular noun(thing) . So why ce qui is used . What is the ‘situation’ considered here?

French proverb - Tout ce qui brille n’est pas or.

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PeterC1Kwiziq community member

Tout ce qui should be correct = as it is the subject of m'agace and yes the object of il fait

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

"Ce que" is correct, because "il" is the subject of the clause and "ce que" is the direct object. It belongs to the same clause whose verbe is "fait".

Tout ce qu'il fait m'agace. -- Everything he does annoys me.

Je trouve tout ce qu'il fait énervant. -- I find everything he does annoying.

In the first sentence "tout ce qu'il fait" is the subject of "m'agace". Whereas in the second sentence it is the direct object of "Je trouve". As you see, in both cases "ce que" is required because it is determined by its relationship to "il fait".

-- Chris.

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Please post the entire sentence. 
PeterC1Kwiziq community member
tout ce (qu' ou qui) il fait m'agace  tout ce qu direct object of il fait but tout ce qui subject of m'agace

Tout ce qui should be correct = as it is the subject of m'agace and yes the object of il fait

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JillyC1Kwiziq community member

Use of qui

Eg. Tout ce qu’il fait m’agace. Ithought that qui was not shortened before a vowel and it would be ´Tout ce qui il fait m’agace,
Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

You are correct in that "qui" is never shortened to "qu' " before a vowel.

In the sentence you quote, it is actually "que" that got shortened. It can't be "qui" because "qui" is used only for the subject of the subordinate clause.
In the case at hand, the subject is "il" and "ce que" is the direct object.
Here is an example:

Tout ce qu'il fait m'agace. 
Everything that he does annoys me.

Ils me demandent ce qui m'intéresse. 
They ask me what interests me.

There are some dedicated exercises right here: https://www.einfranzose.de/grammatik-%C3%BCbungen/pronomen/ce-que-oder-ce-qui.html?sp=de&katid=199

Hope that helps,

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Jilly !

To complete Chris's great answer, here are the links to our dedicated lessons on ce qui versus ce que:

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/ce-que-what-which-relative-pronouns

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/ce-qui-what-which-relative-pronouns

Bonne journée !

Use of qui

Eg. Tout ce qu’il fait m’agace. Ithought that qui was not shortened before a vowel and it would be ´Tout ce qui il fait m’agace,

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