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QUE as a conjunction

We have seen above that que can be used as a relative pronoun in which case it refers to a word or group of words previously mentioned (or which are identifiable through the context)

However, it is also very important to be aware of the fact that que can often be used as a conjunction introducing a subordinate clause. For example: Il dit que le président s'est trompé, which in English can be translated as He says (that) the president was mistaken. Note that in English, the conjunction can sometimes be left out, but that this is not the case in French.

The conjunction que can also be part of an expression of comparison: La situation est plus grave qu'ils le pensent mais pas aussi désespérée que tu le dis. (The situation is more serious than they think but not as desperate as you say)

As is the case with the relative pronoun, que, when used as a conjunction, will also become qu' in front of a vowel or an h.

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Consider the following sentence and indicate whether que is used as a relative pronoun (in which case indicate what it refers to) or whether it is a conjunction.

1- En tournée, nous nous sommes aperçus que le morceau recevait toujours un bon accueil.

2- Cette augmentation est principalement liée aux subventions que l'Etat accorde aux candidats.

3- Il est clair que le vote a été truqué.

4- C'est la première fois que ce nom apparaît dans une liste officielle.

5- Le montant des indemnités que la ville de Grenoble devra verser à l'Etat n'a pas encore été décidé.

  1. conjunction (On tour we realised that the song/piece always received a warm welcome.)
  2. relative pronoun referring to 'subventions' (This increase est mainly linked to the subsidies that the state grants to the candidates.)
  3. conjunction (It is clear that the vote has been fixed.)
  4. conjunction (It is the first time that this name appears on an official list.)
  5. relative pronoun referring to the 'le montant des indemnités' (The amount of the compensation the city of Grenoble will have to pay to the State has not yet been decided.)
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