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Contraction of de (of/from) +‎ lequel (which).



duquel m (feminine de laquelle, masculine plural desquels, feminine plural desquelles) (relative)

  1. of which, of whom, from which, from whom
    Voilà l'homme à côté duquel Marc s'asseyait.
    There is the man next to whom Marc was sitting.

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There is often some confusion between the usage of duquel and the usage of dont. Both can be translated as of which, of whom, from which, from whom. As a rule of thumb, if a prepositional phrase ends with de (e.g. à côté de, près de, en faveur de) then duquel should be used. If not, use dont.

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