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From le (the) +‎ quel (which).


  • IPA(key): /lə.kɛl/
  • (file)


lequel m (feminine laquelle, masculine plural lesquels, feminine plural lesquelles)

  1. (relative, following a preposition) which, that, whom
    Elle préfère l’homme avec lequel tu sortais.
    She prefers the man with whom you were going out.
    Il se remet à travailler sur le projet pour lequel il avait déjà passé tellement de temps.
    He's starting to work on the project on which he had already spent so much time.
  2. (interrogative) which one
    Passe-moi le ballon. ― Lequel ? Il y en a trois.
    Pass me the ball. — Which one? There are three of them.

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  • As a relative pronoun, lequel can refer to people or things (unlike qui, which can only refer to people after a preposition). After the prepositions entre and parmi, lequel must be used whether it refers to a person or a thing.
  • As an interrogative pronoun, lequel must agree in gender and number with the noun it replaces. As a relative pronoun it must agree with the antecedent of the relative clause.

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