What are relative pronouns and when do we use them?

A relative pronoun is a word used to link two parts of a sentence together when referring back to something mentioned at the start.

In French, relative pronouns are represented by the words qui, que or dont. For example:

  • C’est une belle maison qui se trouve au centre-ville - it’s a beautiful house which is situated in the town centre.
  • Il y a deux étudiants que je ne supporte pas au lycée : Paul et Marie – there are two students that I can’t stand at school: it’s Paul and Marie.
  • Je ne connais pas les personnes dont vous parlez – I don’t know the people you’re talking about.