Que/qui alternation

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In French grammar, que/qui alternation (French: alternance que/qui), or masquerade, is a syntactic phenomenon whereby the complementizer que is used to introduce subordinate clauses which contain a grammatical subject, while the form qui is used where the subject position is vacant.[1]


  1. ^ Battye, Adrian; Hintze, Marie-Anne; Rowlett, Paul (2000). The French language today: A linguistic introduction (2nd ed.). London: Routledge. p. 322. ISBN 9780415198387.