In the sentence "Ce sont mes livres" why do you write "Ce" this/that instead of "Ces" these?

CarlosB1Kwiziq community member

In the sentence "Ce sont mes livres" why do you write "Ce" this/that instead of "Ces" these?

Asked 5 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Carlos,

C'est is for a singular , Ce sont for a plural .


because of the clash of the two vowels.

C'est mon fils , c'est ma fille He is / this is my son, she is/ this is my daughter 

Ce sont mes enfants These are my children / They are my children

Hope this helps!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Ce sont mes livres -- This are my books. Here the demonstrative pronoun ce is not like an adjective to "books". It is a demonstrative pronoun all by itself and hence is not matched in gender and number to "books".

Ces livres sont à moi. -- These books belong to me. In this case ces refers directly to the books and behaves like an adjective. Therefore it needs to be matched to "books".

CarlosB1Kwiziq community member

Thank you

In the sentence "Ce sont mes livres" why do you write "Ce" this/that instead of "Ces" these?

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