How to use Quel in French [Quel, Quels, Quelle, Quelles]

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to use quel in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • all the forms of quel in French
  • how to use quel in French
  • how quel is used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to use quel in French
  • how to practice with flashcards on how to use quel in French
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn French

Please refer to the French A2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this lesson fits in French A2.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to use quel in French!

Table of Contents

Table of Quel

MasculineFeminine
Singularquelquelle
Pluralquelsquelles

Introduction

In the lesson on how to ask “what is this” French, you learnt that “que” and “quoi” mean “what” in a question.

In the lesson on how to ask questions in French, you learnt how to ask questions in French.

It’s important to go over those two lessons, if you need a refresher on asking questions in French, as you will need that knowledge for this lesson.

So without further ado, let’s get started with this lesson on how to use quel in French!

How to use Quel in French

Quel is a French adjective that means “what” or “which” depending on its usage.

le tee-shirt

Quel tee-shirt est rouge?

Which t-shirt is red?

le livre

Quel livre est le vôtre ?

Which book is yours?

l’avantage (m)

Quels sont les avantages ?

What are the advantages?

l’animal (m)

Quels animaux hibernent ?

Which animals hibernate?

la saison

Quelle est votre saison préférée ?

What’s your favourite season?

l’idée (f)

Quelle merveilleuse idée !

What a wonderful idea!

l’option (f)

Quelles options avons-nous ?

What options do we have?

la possibilité

Quelles sont les possibilités ?

What are the possibilities?

As quel is an adjective, it has to agree in gender and in number with the noun that it refers to.

In the table you can see all the variations of quel in French.

Que/Quoi vs Quel

How do you know whether do use que/quoi vs quel?

You will use que/quoi if you want to know what something is, or if you want to define something.

C’est quoi une maison ?

What is a house?

Qu’est-ce que le bonheur ?

What is hapiness?

You will use quel if there are many options/choices in a situation, or if you want to compare and contrast one thing to another.

le tee-shirt

Quel tee-shirt est rouge?

Which t-shirt is red?

You have to choose the red t-shirt from a big pile of shirts.

There are many t-shirts. Which one of them is red?

As there are many options to choose from, you will use quel.

l’animal (m)

Quels animaux hibernent ?

Which animals hibernate?

There many animals in the world.

Which of those animals have to hibernate?

Not only are there many options, there’s also a comparison element here.

Some animals have to hibernate, whereas others do not.

For these reasons you have to use quels.

Example Sentences on How to use Quel in French

The final section of this lesson on how to use quel in French is about seeing the questions in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to use quel in French through examples.

Here you can find the sentences of the previous chapters, neatly stored in one place.

le tee-shirt

Quel tee-shirt est rouge?

Which t-shirt is red?

le livre

Quel livre est le vôtre ?

Which book is yours?

l’avantage (m)

Quels sont les avantages ?

What are the advantages?

l’animal (m)

Quels animaux hibernent ?

Which animals hibernate?

la saison

Quelle est votre saison préférée ?

What’s your favourite season?

l’idée (f)

Quelle merveilleuse idée !

What a wonderful idea!

l’option (f)

Quelles options avons-nous ?

What options do we have?

la possibilité

Quelles sont les possibilités ?

What are the possibilities?

Quiz Yourself on How to use Quel in French

At the end of every lesson you can do a small quiz.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

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