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"You can read that book."

Translation:Tu peux lire ce livre.

February 21, 2013



can't we use ca instead of ce here

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Demonstrative adjectives (this, that, these, those) are used to indicate a specific noun.

They agree in gender and number with the noun they modify:

  • Ce (masc. sing.): "Ce livre est rouge." for "That book is red."

  • Cet (masc. sing. before a vowel): "Cet arbre est grand." for "That tree is big."

  • Cette (fem. sing): "Cette pomme est rouge." for "That apple is red."

  • Ces (masc./fem. sing.): "Ces livres et ces pommes sont rouges." for "Those books and those apples are red."

See: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/adjectives_demonstrative.htm


When I was learning French at school (admittedly many years ago) we were taught that "ce livre" meant "this book" and "ce livre-là" meant "that book". "Ce livre-ci" was used if "this" needed to be emphasized. Are those constructions no longer valid in modern French or was I not paying attention in class?


yes, those i am aware of. However, "ça" also means "that" and hence my confusion because i used ça in my sentence

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"Ce, Ceci, Cela, Ça" are indefinite demonstrative pronouns, that translate to "this, that, it".

"ça" is the informal replacement for "cela", and is used as the subject of verbs.

ex: "Ça coûte cher." for "That costs a lot."

So, "ça" cannot be used before a noun (for example: "Vous pouvez lire ça livre" is incorrect).

See: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/indefinite-demonstrative-pronoun.htm


why is ceci not correct either? i chose ceci because i was under the belief that Ce is only supposed to be used before or after the verb etre


Ces (masc/fem plural)


why is it "peux"?


Why can't I say "pouvez-vous" in stead of "vous pouvez" ?

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Because "pouvez-vous" is a question, so there would be a question mark in the end of the sentence.


I messed up the gender of livre and so legitimately got it wrong, but would the following construction have been correct? "Vous pouvez ce livre à lire." Or can it not be reversed like that?


No, you can't. Lire is a transitive verb. There is no à.


why can i not say ceci in place of ce? i chose ceci because i was under the belief that Ce is only supposed to be used before or after the verb etre


hello, I 'm french, so you can't say "tu peux lire ceci livre", it's like you say " you can read that it book" if you are giving the book to someone, you can say " tu peux lire ceci" but in reality, we say, in this case, "tu peux le lire". hope i was clear ^^


I wrote "ce livre-là" for there, but that was marked wrong.


Is there any reason why "ce livre-la" is more correct than "ce livre-là". Duolingo tells me that I should pay more attention to the accents while this particular sentence part, "livre-là" to be precise, is highlighted. My answer was still accepted so I don't even know how to report this, because there are three checkbox options and none of them seems to fit the situation I was about to report.

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