"It is impossible to think about that."

Translation:Il est impossible de penser à cela.

April 6, 2018


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Why can't you put ça instead of cela?

May 8, 2018


Same question. Why not "ça"?

May 9, 2018


I think the reason is that cela and ceci is specifically used to refer to something indefinite or to refer back to something previously mentioned

February 3, 2019


why do some of the constructs require 'de' or 'a' before the second verb form? how does one know when to use one or the other?

April 6, 2018


I've tried to find a good answer for you, but mostly you just have to learn which phrases are followed by "a" and which are followed by "de" https://www.frenchtoday.com/blog/french-verb-conjugation/why-french-verbs-followed-preposition-a-infinitive

April 6, 2018


Aside from the strange thing that French sometimes requires 'de' or 'à' after a verb, there is the fact that you want to include the entire phrase "penser à cela". So, using 'de' leads into the phrase.

I thought of Ce n'est pas possible de penser à ça. I wonder if it's accepted.

May 17, 2019


Why can we not say "Il est impossible d'y penser"?

April 8, 2018


I think, you can.. but it is not on the program

August 3, 2018


I also think that should be accepted. Has someone reported it?

October 14, 2019, 3:25 PM


Why not C'est instead of Il est ?

January 24, 2019


I'd also like to know this!

April 2, 2019


il est impossible d'y penser,,, please duo accept it in future

August 3, 2018


"Il est impossible de penser a propos de cela." Any reason why this was unacceptable (ignore diacriticals, please) given how the word hints read?

August 19, 2018


Maybe it was the "a propos" which should have been "à propos".

October 7, 2018


Which is why I said "ignore diacriticals, please" since DL warns but generally does not reject on that basis.

October 11, 2018


Tom, sometimes it does reject on that basis - notably when leaving out the diacritical changes the meaning of the word as is the case here.

November 26, 2018


I tried that as well and it marked it as incorrect

October 11, 2018


If penser means to think why do you need the de penser?

January 26, 2019


Hi LisaLisko, 'il est impossible de + infinitive' - after BE + impossible, 'de' must follow. Sometimes we just have to accept that another language does it differently from our own.

October 14, 2019, 8:56 AM


What is wrong with 'il est impossible de penser a ca'?

May 17, 2019
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