"Ce" à place de "Elles" à la première phrase

DanB1Kwiziq community member

"Ce" à place de "Elles" à la première phrase

Pourquoi c'est permis pour "ce" être à place de "Elles" à la première phrase?

Asked 4 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Dan,

You can either say 

Elles sont jumelles 

or

Ce sont des jumelles

for

They are twins

It is the same as 

Elle est bonne nageuse = C'est une bonne nageuse ( She is a good swimmer)

It is the old favourite,  take a look at the Q&A attached to this lesson for lots of examples 

"C'est" vs "Il/Elle est" to say it is/she is/he is in French

Hope this helps!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Both options are acceptable, they just place the emphasis on two different aspects:

Elles sont jumelles -- Ce sont des jumelles -- They are twins.

Using elles is what you'd think of first, coming from English. Here you think of the two girls individually and the proper pronoun to use is elles. However, in French you can also think of them as an impersonal group and say "this are twins". I know, that doesn't work in English, but it does in French. Hence the use of ce as another possibility.

DanB1Kwiziq community member

Thankbyou. It is clearer now.

"Ce" à place de "Elles" à la première phrase

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