How to use: Ce Cet Cette Ces = This/That/These/Those [+9 Examples]

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In this grammar lesson you will learn about how to use ce cet cette ces.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to use ce cet cette ces
  • how ce cet cette ces are used in French sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to use ce cet cette ces
  • how to practice with flashcards on how to use ce cet cette ces
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn French

Please refer to the French A2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of French A2.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to use ce cet cette ces!

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Overview of: ce cet cette ces

MasculineFeminineTranslation
Singularce/cetcettethis/that
Pluralcescesthese/those

How to use: ce cet cette ces

In English, when you use this/that to refer to something, it means that whatever you are referring to is close to you.

However, when you use these/those to refer to something, it means that whatever you are referring to is far from you.

These “distance rules” don’t apply in French.

The distance between you and whatever it is that you are referring to depends on the situation.

Moreover, in French, you have to agree in gender and number.

  • Masculine singular nouns will use ce/cet (this/that)

le possion

Ce poisson sent mauvais.

This fish smells bad.

le gâteau

Ce gâteau est délicieux !

This cake is delicious!

l’endroit (m)

Cet endroit est parfait.

This place is perfect.

Please note that ce is used for masculine singular nouns that start with a consonant.

Cet is used for masculine singular nouns that start with a vowel or a mute h.

This is done to make the words easier to pronounce.

  • Feminine singular nouns will use cette (this/that)

la fille

Je connais cette fille.

I know that girl.

la publicité

J’adore cette publicité.

I love this commercial.

  • Plural masculine and feminine nouns will use ces (these/those)

le prix

Ces prix sont scandaleux !

These prices are outrageous!

le donné

Ces données sont obsolètes.

This data is outdated.

la pomme

Ces pommes sont grosses.

Those apples are big.

la boîte 

Ces boîtes sont fragiles.

These boxes are fragile.

Example Sentences on How to use ce cet cette ces

The final section of this lesson on how to use how to use ce cet cette ces is about seeing the adjectives in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to use ce cet cette ces through examples.

Here you can find all of the sentences used in the previous chapter, neatly organised in one place.

le possion

Ce poisson sent mauvais.

This fish smells bad.

le gâteau

Ce gâteau est délicieux !

This cake is delicious!

l’endroit (m)

Cet endroit est parfait.

This place is perfect.

la fille

Je connais cette fille.

I know that girl.

la publicité

J’adore cette publicité.

I love that commercial.

le prix

Ces prix sont scandaleux !

These prices are outrageous!

le donné

Ces données sont obsolètes.

This data is outdated.

la pomme

Ces pommes sont grosses.

Those apples are big.

la boîte 

Ces boîtes sont fragiles.

These boxes are fragile.

Quiz Yourself on How to use ce cet cette ces

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

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter.

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!

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