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Why are some things included in French sentences?

'permettre aux enfants de manger ce qu'ils veulent'

'allow children to eat what they want'

When looking at the above sentence, I am wondering why 'ce'? is included? could anyone explain please?

Thanks a lot :)

November 29, 2017



"ce qu'" here stands for "what" and is used before objects (Direct objects, usually) in a sentence.

Je fais ce que je veux. I do what I want.

que on its own without "ce" in most cases will mean "that".

C'est le café que j'aime. It is the coffee that I love.

Que on its own will mean "what" when it's at the start of a question Que veux-tu? What do you want?

I hope this was at least somewhat useful.

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