Relative Pronoun Dont

le pronom relatif dont

The French relative pronoun dont is used to represent nouns in verbs and verbal expressions followed by the preposition de. It can represent both people and things and is an object to the main clause.

  • Je parle de la voiture. I spoke about the car.
    Voici la voiture dont j’ai parlé. Here’s the car I spoke about.
  • J’ai besoin de l’ordinateur. I need the computer.
    Ou est l’ordinateur dont j’ai besoin? Where’s the computer (that) I need.
  • Je suis fier de mon travail. I’m proud of my work.
    Voici le travail dont je suis fier. Here’s the work (that) I’m proud of.
  • Je m’occupe du chien. I take care of the dog.
    C’est le chien dont je m’occupe. He’s the dog (that) I’m taking care of.
  • Je me souviens du voyage. I remember the trip.
    C’est le voyage dont je me souviens. It’s the trip (that) I remember.

Dont can also mean whose, of whom or of which.

  • Un employe, dont j’ai connu le patron, m’a contacte. A worker whose boss I knew called me.
  • Ils ont des amis dont les voisins sont ouvriers. They have friends whose neighbors are workers.
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