"Laquelle connaît-il ?"
Translation:Which one does he know?
I'm sorry, but you might have to practise more to hear it properly. Or maybe your playback device is poor. But on my little Samsung phone, I consistently hear the le and la clearly. I used to have to listen several times, but now I hear it correctly the first time as I proceed through the skill levels.
"Whom" implies an indeterminate number, singular or plural. The answer could be "He knows Jean", "He knows Jean and Harry" or even "He knows all five of them." "Lequel" or "laquelle" asks which one (of a group) does he know? "Lesquels" or "lesquelles" asks which ones (of a group) does he know? "Whom does he know?" would be more "Qui connaît-il?" or "Qui est-ce qu'il connaît?"
When I listen to "laquelle" and "lequel" pronounced in google translate or apple dictation, the difference is very clear. The audio here sounds muddy in comparison.
At first I was going to pick laquelle but wasn't sure and thought I heard a bit of a "luh" sound so I ended up going with lequel. #feelsbadman
I guess what I’m trying to say is that the problem with your translation is not the French, on which I am not a great expert, but the English.
Yes, “Does he know which one?” is a valid English sentence but it is not likely to apply to a person.
The given translation captures the meaning of connaître better. Which one of_them does he know?
Yours implies (in the English) that you mean savoir: Does he know which one it is?
(The italicised bits are added by me to give you a sense of what I hear implied in each sentence).
The accent can differentiate between two words spelt the same but have different pronunciations. I use a website called French Linguistics. I have attached a link about the Circumflex accent that might be useful :) http://www.french-linguistics.co.uk/grammar/french_spelling_reform_circumflex.shtml
Because French gives weight to the specificity of plurality and gender of the reference. It can also make conversation easier to track. For example, if you and a sibling are in a store with your dad, the sentence could be referring to "Which one (skirt) does he know (that mom would like?" Know the referenced noun is feminine and singular helps prevent the listener from thinking you might be referring to blouses, shoes, and other non-feminine items.