https://www.duolingo.com/jenesaisrien213

Saying "this has/it has in French

Im thinking "cela a" but I cant see that sounding clear when speaking fast, also im not sure when to use "il a" for an object, but it sounds more clear to listen to. So whats the best way to say this has/it has?

thanks

June 28, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

'Cela a' (formal), 'ça a' (informal), 'il a' (in some cases).

June 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

And 'Ceci a' (formal). 'Ceci' and 'cela' correspond to 'this' and 'that' in formal French, but they are not used in spoken French. We use 'ça' for both, instead.

June 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jenesaisrien213

How do you pronounce 'ça a'? I haven't noticed it when listening to french. Also, il a is used for describing an object, correct?

June 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

Yes, but 'il' is also the impersonal subject. Ex: 'Aujourdh'ui, il a plu/il a fait beau/il a neigé' ('Today, it rained/the weather was good/it snowed'). 'Il' is also used for an object of the masculine gender and for a male person.

In 'ça a', both a's are pronounced. If you only pronounce one, it changes the meaning or it sounds stupid (depending on the following word).

June 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Michael0100

[SA] [A]

"Il a" is the equivalent of "he has". But "Il y a" is the equivalent of "there is"

June 28, 2017
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