ce sont instead of ces sont

there were a sentence " ce sont les dernières chaussures " shouldn't we say ces sont instead of ce sont, for plural ??

August 13, 2012


No. I know it's hard, but try not to confuse the demonstrative pronoun "ce" used with "être", and the demonstrative adjectives "ce", "cet", "cette" and "ces". Demonstrative pronouns: "c'est" = "it's", and "ce sont" = "they are". Demonstrative adjectives: "ce", "cet", "cette" (according to gender) = "this"/"that", or "ces" = "these"/"those" , but because they are adjectives, they must be followed by a noun, not a verb. So the given translation is correct, unless you instead want to say "Ces chaussures sont ... " in which case you would be correct to use "ces".

August 13, 2012

HEY DUDE ... although you wrote this comment two years ago (as duolingo says) it is still helping people ... thanks a lot and enjoy the lingot :-)

December 22, 2014

Well thank you on behalf of 1km (it is an alias of mine). We didn't have lingots two years ago, so a welcome surprise!

December 22, 2014

OH ... nice,that's awesome.... thanks again .... ;-)

December 23, 2014

Even six years later.

September 12, 2018

Now it makes sense.

November 9, 2013

Merci beaucoup. Ça peut être déroutant.

January 25, 2018

Thanks a lot, I understood it now

August 14, 2012

This helped a lot! I was really happy to see this one. I was confused for a while :P

June 28, 2013

Thanks! This is a helpful explanation.

August 11, 2013

Thank you 1km ... your post is still helping. Finally I understand!

January 23, 2018
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