Celui/celle/ceux/celles = the one(s) (French Demonstrative Pronouns)

Demonstrative pronouns indicate which person/people or thing(s) (out of a set or list of possible people or things) we are specifically talking about.

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Look at these sentences:

Eva aime mes biscuits mais déteste ceux de sa tante.Eva likes my biscuits but hates her aunt's.

Celles que je préfère sont les pommes vertes.The ones I prefer are the green apples.

Dans ce groupe, le chanteur est celui avec des lunettes.In this band, the singer is the one with glasses.

Regarde ces filles. Celle qui court s'appelle Sophia.Look at those girls. The one running is called Sophia.
 


Notice that to avoid repetition, you can use the following pronouns:
celui / celle (the one), ceux / celles (the ones).

Note also that the pronouns agree in gender and number with the thing they refer to.

  Masculine Feminine
Singular celui celle
Plural ceux celles

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Examples and resources

C'est ton fils? - Non, c'est celui de Paul.Is it your son? - No, it's Paul's (one).
Regarde ces filles. Celle qui court s'appelle Sophia.Look at those girls. The one running is called Sophia.
Dans ce groupe, le chanteur est celui avec des lunettes.In this band, the singer is the one with glasses.
Celles que je préfère sont les pommes vertes.The ones I prefer are the green apples.
Eva aime mes biscuits mais déteste ceux de sa tante.Eva likes my biscuits but hates her aunt's.
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