But sometimes "celles" ... means "these", as in "Celles sont les miennes." Right?

Leon

Kwiziq community member

5 January 2017

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But sometimes "celles" ... means "these", as in "Celles sont les miennes." Right?

This relates to:
Celui, celle, ceux, celles = the one(s) (demonstrative pronouns) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

6 January 2017

6/01/17

Bonjour Léon !

To express "These are mine", you would actually say "Ce sont les miennes" in French.
To say "These ones are mine", you will need to use "Celles-ci / Celles-là sont les miennes": this is the colloquial use here.
"Celles sont les miennes" is not correct in French, you need a qualifier (-ci or -là) to specify which alternative you're referring to (these or those).

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne Année !

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