Quelle or qu’elle? in French

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Quelle or qu’elle?

Quelle (or quelles in the plural) is an interrogative adjective (which? which ones?) or exclamation. It agrees in gender and number with the noun it describes (quel, quelle, quels, quelles).
Quel parfum de glace vous voulez ? Which ice cream flavor would you like?
Quelle est la solution? What’s the solution?
Quels livres tu préfères ? ♂♂ Which books do you prefer?
Quelles personnes sympathiques !♀♀ What nice people!
Note that qu’elle (or qu’elles in the plural) is a contraction of que and elle(s) PRONOMS SUJETS. The structure is used for exclamations (Qu’elle + verb...!), or to link two phrases. Example: Je te dis qu’elle… (I’m telling you that she...)
Qu’elle est belle ta robe ! How pretty your dress is!/What a pretty dress!
Je me rappelle ce qu’elles m’ont dit. I remember what they told me.
Top tip: To be sure that the contraction is necessary, and not the adjective, make the sentence masculine by using qu’il(s).
Qu’elle est belle, ta robe ! → Qu’il est beau, ton pantalon ! (Masculine form is possible, so qu’elle is correct.)
Quelle belle robe ! → Qu’il beau pantalon ! (Incorrect. The adjective quelle is needed here.)

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