When do you use "Cela est" instead of "C'est"?

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Ivo

Kwiziq community member

19 December 2016

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When do you use "Cela est" instead of "C'est"?

This question relates to:
French lesson "C'est, ce sont = this is, these are (demonstrative pronouns)"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

20 December 2016

20/12/16

Bonjour Ivo ! You never really use "Cela est" as the contraction "c'est" is done for pronunciation reasons: it's just easier to say "c'est", no one ever say "cela est" :) I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

Emily

Kwiziq community member

3 June 2019

3/06/19

In other words, one will never ever find herself using the construction "Cela est"? 

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

4 June 2019

4/06/19

Bonjour Emily !

"Cela est" can be used but would sound overly pompous, and nowadays you would only encounter it when people are making fun of a "posh" accent, as no one would use "cela est" in an non-ironic way these days.

Bonne journée !

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