Ces sont versus ce sont

Jim

Kwiziq community member

10 October 2016

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Chris

Kwiziq community member

11 October 2016

11/10/16

What is your question? It is either "ce est -->c'est" or "ce sont". There is no "ces sont" meaning "they are" as far as I know. But, mind you, I am not a native speaker... -- Chris.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

11 October 2016

11/10/16

Just to clarify, here is an example as I understand it: (1) Les pommes sont fraîches. Ces pommes sont fraîches. (2) Les pommes sont fraîches. Ce sont fraîches. In the first example "ces" is a demonstrative pronoun and needs to agree in gender and number with "pommes". In the latter example "ce sont" is a fixed phrase meaning "they are" as a whole. Hope that helps, -- Chris.

Jim

Kwiziq community member

11 October 2016

11/10/16

Thanks Chris, The system for entering a question is a bit awkward because when I tried to add detail to my question the system closed my request and that is why no details were logged. Laura on her Forum has answered me and your reply corresponds to that from Laura so thank you for taking the time to help I appreciate it. Kind regards, Alan

Chris

Kwiziq community member

11 October 2016

11/10/16

Understood. Do you also find that the answering of questions is not so much in the focus of kwiziq? I have asked a couple of questions here which never got a reply. And I see other's having the same problem. Is Laura's forum better in that respect? -- Chris.

Jim

Kwiziq community member

11 October 2016

11/10/16

Hi Chris, In fairness, they don't have a lot of staff and they are in the process of constant development as I understand it. I have a point about the use of "pour" in future usage acknowledged as valid but not yet addressed because of time constraints. The thing about Laura's Forum is that there are some very knowledgeable members who are willing to help and I do get answers there. Regards, Alan

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