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C'est vs. est

Recently I've come across a sentence like: ''Huit c'est le double de quatre'' I was wondering why it would be ''c'est'' instead of ''est'', in the discussion of the sentence someone stated that because it isn't a subject - object thing, you use ''c'est''. Could maybe someone explain this more precisely and could '''huit est le double de quatre'' also be correct?

December 7, 2015



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Repeting the subject by adding a "ce" is just a bad speaking habit. You'll more often hear a kid saying : "Le chocolat c' est bon!" than "Le chocolat est bon!".

It's accepted when speaking but it's better not to do this in writing.

More examples :

  • Lui et elle ce sont les plus intelligents. => He and she are the smarter ones.

  • Cette voiture c'est celle de mon père. => This car is my father's one.


Wait, are those "more examples" (Lui et elle ce sont, Cette voiture c'est) examples of how NOT to do it? Examples of how adding "ce" is a bad speaking habit?

Little kids (well, and some adults) do the same thing in English:
Bob and I, we went to the movies.
Susan and Fred, they are smart.
I can remember my mother saying "It's not 'My sister and I we!' It's just 'My sister and I!'" :)


Yes that's it, they are some examples of how they would be said when speaking.

And, I didn't know that in English too, good to know!


Could you help me with my French? Via WhatsApp or Duolingo stream? I'd really appreciate it!


Yeah with pleasure! However I currently am in review period and my exams end on Tuesday (next week). But I will be completely available from that day.


Thank you, do you have a whatsapp?


C'est vs. Il est is really complicated and I don't think I will ever get the hang of it.

Here is some light reading on the subject for you .

Also here is a thread with information about a lot of demonstratives.


I don't think I'll ever get it as well. I thought it went something like, if there's an adjective before the noun then it'd be c'est... I just don't know.


Thanks for the link, Lrtward! Demonstratives are beyond my comprehension, we'll see if this helps. :-)


HI I am new here but this is what I have found - it is not an object or person, as in solid you are talking about numbers which could be seen as a concept/idea and so has no physical presence. If I have got this completely wrong then please correct me as I am just learning too. Good luck Nielzke23

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