FR: whom it wanted to represent

Discussion in 'French and English Grammar / Grammaire française et anglaise' started by rzl62, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. rzl62 Member

    Chinese - Mandarin
    I'm trying to say the following in French:

    The bourgeoisie wanted to dominate national politics after having deposed the king, whom it wanted to symbolically represent the unity of the nation.

    The part I'm specifically having trouble with is the grammatical structure in the subordinate clause. My attempt:

    La bourgeoisie voulait dominer la politique nationale après avoir déposé le roi, qu’elle voulait (faire ?) représenter symboliquement l’unité nationale.

    Many thanks for any suggestions.
  2. Oddmania

    Oddmania Senior Member


    It's indeed tricky! :) I'm pretty sure it should read ....le roi, dont elle voulait qu'il représente symboliquement... The verb is vouloir quelque chose de quelqu'un. I'm afraid I won't be able to parse it any further! I suggest you wait for a more proficient linguist :)

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