Relative Pronouns (I think!)
I was wondering if someone could help clarify something in French for me: the difference between qui and ce qui (or between que and ce que).
Qui and que both mean that as in "the game that I like" or "the boy that runs every morning." Ce que and ce qui are both relative pronouns relating to whatever the speaker is talking about. There are a few important differences between que and qui that are rather important to remember. You may have noticed that I used "that" with two different formations at the start of this post. That is precisely because qui and que each correspond to one of those two formatioms. "Qui" is only used when a verb follows "that" in an English sentence e.g. Le garçon qui court chaque matin. "Que" is only used when a noun follows "that" in the English sentence e.g. Le jeu que j'aime. The same rule applies for ce que/qui. Ce que j'aime faire, c'est ce qui m'amuse. If you have any questions, feel free to ask :)