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"El que" - don't think I came across this on Duolingo

I understand what this says, but can someone explain what "el que" is, and why is the 'el' needed, why not "lo que"?

"Dispositivo en el que se almacenan datos." (referring to a USB drive)

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ElimGarak

http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/relproelque.htm
because it is being used as a relative pronoun.

3 years ago

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Lo que is the neuter form, where you don't know the gender of the thing being referred to. Since "dispositivo" is the thing being talked about, you use "el que" since it is a masculine noun. (Use "la que" with feminine nouns, and "los que" and "las que" for masculine plural and feminine plural, respectively.)

3 years ago