ce sont

ReneB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

ce sont

Hello, I m trying to understand this sentence:

J'utilise ces tomates. Ce sont les dernières.

Are we using ce sont here before the article les?  My first reaction was to say elles sont...
thank you.

Asked 2 months ago
ShreyA1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Bonjour Rene,

Madame Cécile has addressed the question as to why “Elles sont” can’t be used here->

https://french.kwiziq.com/questions/view/in-the-sentence-j-utilise-ces-tomates-ce-cont-les-dernieres-why-can-t-we-say-elles-sont-les-derniere

 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Ce sont les dernières. --The're the last ones.

Ces usually requires a noun to follow:
Ces tomates sont les dernières. -- These tomatoes are the last ones.

ReneB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thanks for the replies... not very clear. :-(

Do I have to use "ce sont" because the following word is the article "le"?  I think there is a rule that says "c'est"and "ce sont" before "un, let, and possessive pronouns".  Am I on the right track?

ReneB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thanks for the replies... not very clear. :-(

Do I have to use "ce sont" because the following word is the article "le"?  I think there is a rule that says "c'est"and "ce sont" before "un, let, and possessive pronouns".  Am I on the right track?

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Ce is often used as a pronom neutre, a neutral pronoun. Most of the time it is followed by a form of être.

Ces is a demonstrative pronoun and is followed by a noun.

Maybe this helps to clarify further: https://french.stackexchange.com/questions/6226/when-to-use-ils-sont-ces-sont-or-ce-sont

ce sont

Hello, I m trying to understand this sentence:

J'utilise ces tomates. Ce sont les dernières.

Are we using ce sont here before the article les?  My first reaction was to say elles sont...
thank you.

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