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16 November 2017
what does cest ça mean?
I saw the sentence "qu'est ce que c'est ça". I thought c'est and ça means the same thing "it", so I'm a little confused why do we need to repeat it twice.
My teacher said that we can also use "qu'est ce que c'est" and "qu'est ce que ça". How exactly are they different?
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It's actually "Qu'est-ce que c'est que ça ?"
You were missing another 'que' - yep, there are in fact three in this form of the question!
When spoken though, this is usually run into something much shorter that sounds far less cumbersome: kess-kuh-sek-sah?There's not much point trying to understand the phrase word by word as it doesn't make much sense that way. It just means: What's that?
On it's own, "c'est ça" means "that's it". (but in the above, it would be '...it is that').
Hope that helps!
17 November 2017
Bonjour Tina !Actually "c'est" means "it is / that is / this is", whereas "ça" only means "it / that / this" :)Here are our related lessons:https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/cest-means-it-is
Bonne journée !
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