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French words for “where”

What is the difference between “ou” and “la que” in French? They are both translated to where.

February 2, 2018


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Où? is Where?

If you want to say "the place where I live", one could say "l'endroit où j'habite".

It depends on the sentence and how specific you are being. "C'est là que j'habite." actually means "It is there that I live." which would usually be translated as "That is where I live." You can see in other sentences "...là où je vis...." Which is like saying "...there where I live..."

Actually, "habite" is used for living in a place, while "vis" is used for being alive.

"que" means "that" and "là" means "there". I would use "là que" when I can point to the place that I am talking about.


February 2, 2018


This is where I live = C'est ici que j'habite, c'est là que j'habite: you need "que" because "ici" and "là" are adverbs which cannot introduce a clause.

"C'est l'endroit où j'habite" (this is the place where I live) has "où", relative pronoun (the antecedent is "endroit"), which can introduce a (relative) clause.

And you can also say "c'est l'endroit que j'habite" (this is the place that I inhabit/live in) with "que" also as a relative pronoun.

February 2, 2018


I would use "où'' for where, and I would use "là que'' as "where that''

February 2, 2018


Yes I agree with pugzilla. Ou is the more commonly used form for "where".

February 2, 2018
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