what does cest ça mean?

TinaA0Kwiziq community member

what does cest ça mean?

I saw the sentence "qu'est ce que c'est ça". I thought c'est and ça means the same thing "it", so I'm a little confused why do we need to repeat it twice. My teacher said that we can also use "qu'est ce que c'est" and "qu'est ce que ça". How exactly are they different?
Asked 2 years ago
GruffKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

It's actually "Qu'est-ce que c'est que ça ?"

You were missing another 'que' - yep, there are in fact three in this form of the question!

When spoken though, this is usually run into something much shorter that sounds far less cumbersome: kess-kuh-sek-sah?
There's not much point trying to understand the phrase word by word as it doesn't make much sense that way. It just means: What's that?

On it's own, "c'est ça" means "that's it". (but in the above, it would be '...it is that').

Hope that helps!

AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Tina !

Actually "c'est" means "it is / that is / this is", whereas "ça" only means "it / that / this" :)

Here are our related lessons:
https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/cest-means-it-is

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/ca-means-that-this-or-it-pronoun

Bonne journée !

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
It means: "What is this?" Literally: What is this that is this. "Qu'est ce que c'est" and "Qu'est ce que ça" are really not different in meaning at all. At least not that I could discern. -- Chris (not a native speaker).

what does cest ça mean?

I saw the sentence "qu'est ce que c'est ça". I thought c'est and ça means the same thing "it", so I'm a little confused why do we need to repeat it twice. My teacher said that we can also use "qu'est ce que c'est" and "qu'est ce que ça". How exactly are they different?

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