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'Ce qui lui...'?

Hi :)

I am currently trying to read through 'Harry Potter et L'ecole des sorciers', and I just came across a sentence I can't quite get my head around:

"Mrs Dursley, quant à elle, était mince et blonde et disposait d'un cou deux fois plus long que la moyenne, ce qui lui était fort utile pour espionner ses voisins en regardant par-dessus les clôtures des jardins."

I can understand the rest of the sentence, but I can't understand the construction of this part: 'ce qui lui était fort utile...'

I understand that 'ce qui' is used to mean 'what' or 'which' and to introduce a subordinate clause. I just don't understand why 'lui' is used here. Can anyone help?

Thanks :)

November 9, 2017

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Prenom.Pierre

"lui" means Mrs.Dursley, even she is a woman, "avoir un long cou lui était utile (à elle)" it's the same for a boy " avoir un long cou lui était utile (à lui)

J"appelle ma sœur, je lui demande de rentrer. (lui = à elle)

J'aime ma mère, je lui dis que c'est pour toujours. (lui = à elle)

J'ai poussé ma grand-mère dans les escaliers, je lui ai fait mal. (lui = à elle)

November 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AKicsiMacska

I don't think the question is about what "lui" means, I think it's what "Ce qui lui était fort utile..." means.

Because I don't get it either

November 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Prenom.Pierre

"ce qui lui était fort utile"= "which was very useful to her" here, "fort" means "very"

November 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SmashCookie

The OP asked about "lui" and Pierre is in the right path to explain it, "lui" would be the difficult part for english speakers, it could be translated: Which/That, to her, was very useful,

November 10, 2017
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