French demonstrative adjectives - ce, cette
Demonstrative adjectives (French: les adjectifs demonstratifs) in French are used to point out particular things or persons and are usually placed in front of a noun.
List of demonstrative adjectives in French
Note that cet is used in front of masculine singular nouns beginning with a vowel and most words beginning with h.
How to use demonstrative adjectives in French
Ce comes in front of the noun it refers to.
- Ces livres sont très intéressants. (These/Those books are very interesting.)
- Combien coûte ce manteau? (How much is this/that coat?)
Try to bear in mind that the adjective ce corresponds to the English this and that in the singular, and these and those in the plural.
Add -ci to the end of the noun to emphasize things which are closer to you.
- Prends cette valise-ci. (Take this case.)
Add -là to the end of the noun to emphasize things which are further away from you.
- Est-ce que tu reconnais cette personne-là. (Do you recognize that person?)
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