Lesquelles : cuales Lequel : Cual Quiero este libro. Cual ? El cual ? Quiero estos zapatos. Cuales ? Quelle/quel : Cual en femenino + masculino Quelles/quels : Cual en plural femenino + masculino Es difícil porque hay femenino, masculino y plural
Quel : masculine singular Quelle : feminine singular Quels : masculine plural Quelles : feminine plural
Lequel : masculin singular Laquelle : feminine plural Lesquels : masculine plural Lesquelles : feminine plural
Don't get confused with all the shapes that exist, there is one for each gender-number combination. This means that, with a feminine singular noun, you will use the feminine singular, with a masculine plural noun, you will use the masculine plural form of it. That is just how grammaitcal agreement works in French.
What is important is to understand when to use "quel" (or any of its other shape) and when to use "lequel".
"quel" is one way to translate "what" / "which" in English, see the examples bellow.
what + noun = quel + noun
Quelle couleur est ta préférée? what colour is your favourit?
What time is it? Quelle heure est-il?
What a mess! Quel désordre ! ...
Be careful to use the correct form of "quel" accordingly to the gender and number of the noun that follows it. ^^
As for "lequel" (or any of its forms), it simply replaces that couple "quel + nom". See the above examples. It usually translates "which one".
Il y a deux chats dans la rue, lequel est à toi ? There are two cats in the street, which one is yours?
(Quel chat est à toi ? (= What cat is yours?) -> Lequel est à toi ? (= Which one is yours?)
lequel (or any of its forms) also translate "on which", "in which", "for which",...
in which = dans lequel (or any of its forms)
on which = sur lequel (or any of its forms)
for which = pour lequel (or any of its forms)
(They do not always translate like this in English so be careful.)
La boite dans laquelle j'ai mis mes affaire est celle de droite. The box in which I put my belongings is the one on the right.
That is the reason why you can't come with me. C'est la raison pour laquelle tu ne peux pas venir.
La chaise sur laquelle tu es assis est très vieille. The chair on which you sit is very old.
Les bonbons pour lesquels j'ai payé une fortune ont terminés à la poubelle. The candies for which I paid a fortune ended up in the bin.
I didn't cover it all, there are other things to say about it. But this is a good start. :)
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