How do I say this and that in French?
The French equivalent of this/that is generally:
So for example, with some masculine words (which use le for the):
and some feminine words (which use la for the):
As you see from these examples, which word to use in French depends on the gender of the noun. Unlike English, French doesn't tend to make a distinction between 'near' and 'far' (this vs that in English): the words ce and cette generally cover both meanings. (See the next page for information on how to distinguish between this and that in French.)
Words that use l'
Before words beginning with a vowel, l' is used instead of le or la (the water = l'eau, not
So for example:
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