Translation of Oh! J'ai regardé ça aussi hier.

KarenC1Kwiziq community member

Translation of Oh! J'ai regardé ça aussi hier.

Two of the three options for this were "Oh! I watched this one yesterday too" and "Oh!  I watched it yesterday too."  I selected the first option, because "ça" is a demonstrative pronoun, not a personal pronoun.  But the microquiz said that "I watched IT" was the correct selection.  I was happier when I went to an explanation, because there, the translation was "I watched THAT."  Should "ça" ever be translated as "it"?  I'm sure this is nitpicky, but I'm a linguist fluent in Spanish, and the details matter to me! 

Thank you. 

Asked 2 years ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Ça is a demonstrative pronoun and, therefore, best translated as "that".

AdrianC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

I had this question too. I understand that for translating ça, "that" > "this", and "that" > "it". But here you have a choice between "it" and "this", both of which seem possible.

Translation of Oh! J'ai regardé ça aussi hier.

Two of the three options for this were "Oh! I watched this one yesterday too" and "Oh!  I watched it yesterday too."  I selected the first option, because "ça" is a demonstrative pronoun, not a personal pronoun.  But the microquiz said that "I watched IT" was the correct selection.  I was happier when I went to an explanation, because there, the translation was "I watched THAT."  Should "ça" ever be translated as "it"?  I'm sure this is nitpicky, but I'm a linguist fluent in Spanish, and the details matter to me! 

Thank you. 

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