"Which are my skirts?"
Translation:Quelles sont mes jupes ?
I believe you would use "quelles" or it's varients (depends on gender and sing/plu), if it was followed by the noun. ie: "quelles jupes sont courtes?" or "quelles jupes ont des poches?" (It is an adjective.)
You use "lesquelles" when not followed by the noun. (It is a pronoun.) ie: "Lesquelles sont mes jupes?"
Ok can somebody straighten me out on the difference here... this seems contrary to the rule i was taught about lesquelles being used when no noun exists. These two sentences are identical except for the quelles/lesquells usage. Marking both options correct makes it seem as if you can use whichever you want
About.com say "Fem plural: *Lesquelles,<Pronoun>... Quelles <adjective>" This is over my head. Where can I go to clarify this grammar? .... I mean grammar for dugh-brains. I know what an adjective is. Pronoun is explained in my dictionary and is over my tiny brain. Is there a site anywhere, where I may practice my own English grammar? English to English. It would seriously ease my understanding of French if I knew what a gerund or a past participle was and the function. It wasn't until I studied Your explanations, and Northernguy's of composition of a sentence in French that I realised I needed Much more understanding of my own grammar, English to English. I have researched the British Council and registered but then they went and used my password as my Username so I'm off there. Registered with Babbel but after the first lesson they wanted money which I haven't got. Duo dont do English-to-English course. Help... anybody. I want to learn English to English grammar online for free. Thanks.
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And another bunch here:
"which are my roses?" is a stretched (and wrong) translation of "mes roses, lesquelles ?".
- which are my roses? = quelles sont mes roses ?
- mes roses, lesquelles ? = my roses, which ones?
- among all these flowers displayed here, which are my roses? = parmi toutes les fleurs montrées ici, quelles sont mes roses ?
- Q: are your roses still blooming these days? A: my roses, which ones? = Q : tes roses sont-elles toujours en fleurs ces jours-ci ? R : mes roses, lesquelles ? (like: the ones I grow at home or the ones in the garden at my country house?)
quel, quelle, quels, quelles = interrogative adjectives
- quel est ton nom ? = what is your name? - masc sing
- quelle est ton adresse ? = what is your address? - fem sing
- quels sont vos chapeaux ? = which are your hats? - masc plur
- quelles sont vos chaussures ? = which are your shoes? - fem plur
lequel, laquelle, lesquels, lesquelles = interrogative pronouns
- lequel est ton chapeau ? = which one is your hat?
- laquelle est ta jupe ? = which one is your skirt?
- lesquels sont vos chapeaux ? = which ones are your hats?
- lesquelles sont vos jupes ? = which ones are your skirts?
Well, DL didn't invent French and so lets not shoot the messenger. I think Lesquels/Lesquelles means Which Ones. There are many French words for Which/What and they yet fox me. The use depends on context and whether it is as a pronoun or adjective. With much use I'll become more acquainted as to the appropriateness of one over the other. French is not an easy language especially for the English, like me and is even more tricky for those, like me, who've a lousy memory. So, chin-up; you are by no means alone. :)