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

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 in most cases to express this/that, 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:

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

Note that in this expression you use année and NOT an

Ce soir-là, quelque chose d'extraordinaire se produisit.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 ces jours-ci.I don't feel great these days.


To say that + duration, use the agreed demonstrative adjective ce, cet, cette or ces + duration(s) + -là

To say this + duration, use the agreed demonstrative adjective ce, cet, cette or ces + duration(s) + -ci

Note that ce ...-là (that/those ...) forms are much more commonly used than their counterparts ce...-ci (this/these ...). 

ATTENTION:
To express in those days in French, you won't colloquially use "ces jours-là", 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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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!
Ce soir-là, quelque chose d'extraordinaire se produisit.That night, something extraordinary happened.
Elle se maria cette année-là.She got married that year.
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 ces jours-ci.I don't feel great these days.
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