C'est qui que?

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Kwiziq community member

24 August 2017

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C'est qui que?

So I was just listening to Monsieur Grognon in the listening exercise and then I read the transcript. In the second paragraphe there is this phrase: «D’ailleurs, il n’a pas eu de conversation avec qui que ce soit depuis des années. . . .» I recalled from the lesson above that the «c'est qui que» is grammatically incorrect. So, exactly how frequent is this phrase used in everyday French? Merci en avance.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Questions: Qui / qui est-ce que = Whom ?"


Kwiziq language super star

25 August 2017


Bonjour Ron !

Actually here the phrase is qui que ce soit, which literally means "who[m] who might be" and is used in the sense of any/no body whatsoever :)

You can also use quoi que ce soit = any/no thing whatsoever

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !


Kwiziq community member

26 August 2017


Ah. I see the difference. I am familiar with quoi que ce soit, but have never run across, in my readings, qui que ce soit. Merci, Aurélie. J'ai appris quelque chose nouvelle. Bonne journée.

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