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What is this / What is that?

Jaime B.A1Kwiziq community member

What is this / What is that?

I just want to clarify can the following be either, 'what is this' or 'what is that?' If not, how do you change the sentence to be one or the other?


Or is it it for example:


qu'est-ce que c'est : What is that?

qu'est-ce que c'est que cela: What is this?


Qu'est-ce que c'est que cela ?What is that?  /  What is this?Qu'est-ce que c'est que ça ?What is that?  /  What is this?C'est quoi ça ?What is this? / What is that?
Asked 1 week ago
Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

To distinguish between "What is this?" and "What is that?" you can use:

Qu'est-ce que ceci ? -- What is this?

Qu'est-ce que cela ? or Qu'est-ce que ça ? -- What is that?

However, Qu'est-ce que c'est ? is versatile and widely used for both questions in everyday conversation.

What is this / What is that?

I just want to clarify can the following be either, 'what is this' or 'what is that?' If not, how do you change the sentence to be one or the other?


Or is it it for example:


qu'est-ce que c'est : What is that?

qu'est-ce que c'est que cela: What is this?


Qu'est-ce que c'est que cela ?What is that?  /  What is this?Qu'est-ce que c'est que ça ?What is that?  /  What is this?C'est quoi ça ?What is this? / What is that?

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