How to say these and those in French

On the previous page, we saw that the equivalent of this/that in French is generally ce with masculine nouns and cette with feminine nouns. We also saw that in French, speakers don't generally distinguish between the meanings this vs that in everyday speech.

In English, this and those are used as plural equivalents of this and that respectively. In French:

The plural equivalent of ce/cette is ces. It generally covers the meanings of both these and those.

So for example:

ce garçon
this boy, that boy
ces garçons
these boys, those boys
cette maison
this house, that house
ces maisons
these houses, these houses

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 French grammar index
 French-English dictionary
 English-French dictionary

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