How to use Ça in French [+6 Examples]

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In this French grammar lesson, you will learn about how to use ça in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to use ça in French
  • how to use ça in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to use ça
  • how Anki files can be downloaded for how to use ça in French.

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this fits in French A1.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to use ça in French!

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How to use Ça

Ça is a pronoun and a contraction of cela.

However, in speech and informal writing people tend to use ça.

Depending on the context, ça means this, that, or it.

Please take a look at the following 3 sentences to get a practical understanding of how to use ça in French.

Je veux essayer ça.

I want to try this.

Ça arrive souvent.

That happens often.

Ça va exploser.

It is going to explode.

As you can see the ça is used in all 3 sentences, and its meaning changes depending on the context.

There is one important thing to be mindful of when you use ça.

Ça will always be followed by the singular form. Even if the thing it refers to is plural.

Please take a look at the following 3 sentences see this.

Aimez-vous les fraises ? Oui, j’adore ça !

Do you like strawberries? Yes I love it!

Aimez-vous les bananes ? Oui, j’adore ça !

Do you like bananas? Yes I love it!

Aimez-vous ce repas ? Oui, j’adore ça !

Do you like this meal? Yes I love it!

In the first two sentences, the nouns are in the plural form (strawberries and bananas).

In the third sentence, the noun is singular.

In all cases ça will be followed by the singular form.

Example Sentences on How to Use Ça

The final section of this lesson on how to use ça is about seeing ça in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to use ça through examples.

This section contains all of the previous sentences, neatly organised in one place.

Je veux essayer ça.

I want to try this.

Ça arrive souvent.

That happens often.

Ça va exploser.

It is going to explode.

Aimez-vous les fraises ? Oui, j’adore ça !

Do you like strawberries? Yes I love it!

Aimez-vous les bananes ? Oui, j’adore ça !

Do you like bananas? Yes I love it!

Aimez-vous ce repas ? Oui, j’adore ça !

Do you like this meal? Yes I love that!

Quiz Yourself on How to Use Ça

It’s not enough just to read the article on this subject.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want. There’s no limit to it!

Fill in the Blank!Je veux essayer . [I want to try this.]


 
Fill in the Blank! arrive souvent. [That happens often.]
Fill in the Blank!Aimez-vous les fraises ? Oui, j’adore ! [Do you like strawberries? Yes I love it!]

Anki File for How to Use Ça

It is important to do the Anki exercises for this lesson so that you can better remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A1, you can practice every French A1 lesson that is on Language Atlas. This is recommended as you will have every lesson that you need. You shouldn’t miss out on the complete learning experience!

You can also choose to just get the Anki File for French A1 Pronouns. This only has the pronouns for French A1.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or if you don’t know what Anki is, then please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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