I have read all the comments and am still confused. I also thought that "This one is chicken" would be correct because the tips for this lesson said that ceci meant the one/this one/that one. 'This one' in English does seem to emphasize that you mean this one here, in comparison to some other platter of meat, but then I thought you would use "celui" since you likely are referring to something spoken about before and my understanding from a different discussion was that "celui" was for something already referred to in the conversation and "ceci" was for something new. Am I correct in that? How would you say "This one is chicken" properly then? (And I guess I must be a barbarian native English speaker as "This is chicken" is perfectly common in my experience and grammatically correct in my eyes.)
Ceci est = This is
C'est = It is
However, ceci is rarely used and sounds pedantic although totally correct.
Would you use it for emphasis? As in "Ceci est du poulet, cela est du bœuf". Or is the separate use of "this" and "that" in this way a purely English thing? Cheers.
Yes, in full comparisons, "ceci" (and the suffix -ci) are still used to clearly distinguish what you are pointing at.
However, in spoken French, people would rather say:
- ça, c'est du poulet et ça, c'est du boeuf.
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Is it possible for this sentence to indicate possession? As in "this is of the chicken" or rather "This is the chicken's."
I think you would need to specify "what" was of the chicken. Eg "This is the chicken's leg" would be C'est la patte du poulet.
I know that we use "ceci" to emphasize that we mean "this one in particular".
My question is about "du". Is the sentence with "ce" also with "du"? I mean, what's the correct one?
"c'est du poulet" or "c'est poulet"?
"C'est" is "it is" (or this/that/it/he/she, depending on the context). "Ceci" = this.
What is the difference between "c'est du poulet" and "ceci est du poulet?"
They both mean essentially the same thing. Using "ceci" is more specific to "this".