Ce, cet, cette, ces [duration] -là / -ci = that/those or this/these [duration] (demonstrative adjectives)

In most cases, using the demonstrative adjectives ce/cet/cette/ces (see Ce/cet/cette and ces = this/that and these/those (demonstrative adjectives)) on their own is good enough to express this/that/these/those in French.
But sometimes, especially with durations, you need to emphasise how far in the past something happened (that day), or how close to now things are happening (these days).


Look at such cases in French:

Ce soir-là, quelque chose d'extraordinaire s'est produit.That night, something extraordinary happened.

Oh non, j'étais en vacances cette semaine-là !Oh no, I was on holidays that week!

Dans ces moments-là, on ne sait jamais quoi faire.In those moments, one never knows what to do.

Je ne me sens pas super bien ces jours-ci.I don't feel great these days.

Elle se maria cette année-là.She got married that year.

Note that in this expression you use année and NOT an

To say that + [duration], use the agreed demonstrative adjective ce, cet, cette or ces + [durée] + -là

To say this + [duration], use the agreed demonstrative adjective ce, cet, cette or ces + [durée] + -ci

Note that ce/cet/cette/ces ...-là (that/those ...) is much more commonly used than its counterpart ce/cet/cette/ces...-ci (this/these ...)

ATTENTION:

To express in those days in French, you won't colloquially use ces jours-, but rather à cette époque-là or en ce temps-là.
However, ces jours-ci is perfectly correct to say these days:
À cette époque-là, les femmes n'avaient pas le droit de vote.In those days, women didn't have the right to vote.

 

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Ce soir-là, quelque chose d'extraordinaire s'est produit.That night, something extraordinary happened.
Elle se maria cette année-là.She got married that year.
Je ne me sens pas super bien ces jours-ci.I don't feel great these days.
Dans ces moments-là, on ne sait jamais quoi faire.In those moments, one never knows what to do.
À cette époque-là, les femmes n'avaient pas le droit de vote.In those days, women didn't have the right to vote.
Oh non, j'étais en vacances cette semaine-là !Oh no, I was on holidays that week!
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