"The girl buys the dress that she wants."

Translation:La fille achète la robe qu'elle veut.

February 24, 2013



I feel proud when i get it right the first time

December 17, 2013


Moi aussi!

May 28, 2014


could this be "La fille achete la robe ce qu'elle veut" ?

October 22, 2013


No, you don't need "ce", because you can directly link "robe" with "que/qu'

October 22, 2013


Am i understanding the que vs. Qui issue here: "Il sait que le livre qui est sur la table appartient à Paul"

The first que simple 'introduces' further information about some1/thing and the 2nd qui is used because "the book" is the object of the second part of the sentance?

So "the girl buys the dress THAT she wants" is que because it simply introduces extra info again here?

June 15, 2014


You understood correctly, but the rule is simpler:

  • he knows (that) the book is there = il sait que le livre est là: "que" is a conjunction, linking main clause "he knows/il sait" and subordinate clause "the book is there/le livre est là" - in English, you can drop it; in French, you can't.

  • he knows the book that is on the table = il connaît le livre qui est sur la table: "qui" is a relative pronoun, it represents "book/livre" (= its antecedent) in the relative clause and it is subject of "is/est".

  • he knows the book that I like = il connaît le livre que j'aime: "que" is a relative pronoun, it represents "book/livre" (= its antecedent) in the relative clause and it is direct object of "like" (subject is "I/je").

A few details here

June 15, 2014


thank you for the reply I hadn't realised que was acting as a conjunction here! also I had meant to write that when I had used qui it was because the book was the SUBJECT of the sentence but wrote object by mistake! thanks for the link I will check it out.

June 15, 2014


Why not souhaiter?

December 26, 2013


I added this variant, thanks.

October 13, 2016


La orange achète la robe qu'elle veut. ...Seems legit.

May 23, 2015


Why can't I say "jeune fille" instead of just "fille" The meaning is the same and differentiates it from "daughter."

November 30, 2014


Une jeune fille is a young woman.

une fille is generic to all girls from babys to young adults.

December 1, 2014


When is it Que and when does it shortens to Qu?

November 3, 2018


The natural pronunciation of "que" is KUH. When "que" is placed before a word starting with a vowel sound, there would a vowel sound conflict with the sound UH. As a consequence, "que" is elided (drop the -e and replace it with an apostrophe, just to keep the K sound):

  • qu'il, qu'elle, qu'on

The same applies to other little words: je, le, ne, me, te, se, de.

November 4, 2018


why not 'offre'? It was used with 'He buys him food and drink'.

February 24, 2013


Here, she is probably buying the dress for herself, but "buy" is just giving cash against an object, so without any context nor any indication of whom she would offer the dress to, you should stick to the direct translation.

February 24, 2013


Ah. Thanks, Sitesurf

February 25, 2013


Here is where my Spanish knowledge slightly throws off my French learning. Dang.

July 13, 2013


How?It is the same in Spanish, word for word.

February 3, 2014


It's the 'similar but not the same' that is hardest when learning multiple languages.

September 30, 2013


La fille achète la robe ca elle veut?

April 23, 2016


In this sentence "that" is not a demonstrative pronoun meaning "the thing there" (= cela/ça).

"that" is a relative pronoun, representing "dress" and the direct object of the verb "wants".

In French, the object relative pronoun is "que", with the same nature and function as in the English sentence.

April 24, 2016


it says mark all correct -_-

April 26, 2016


But not all are correct, probably only one or two.

April 26, 2016


She wants. not need

November 3, 2016


they are the same?

April 27, 2018


waaahhh i dont like this

May 8, 2018


Why qu' instead of que?

February 25, 2019


Oh. Because of the 2 vowels! I am a duh!

February 25, 2019


is there more wrong with my eyes than I thought? The correct answer is given twice.

February 27, 2019
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