C’est, voici, voilà

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C’est, voici, voilà


When we want to present someone or introduce something, we use:

•  c’est, ce sont with a noun or a pronoun PRONOMS TONIQUES
Cette femme, c’est ma mère. This woman is my mother.
Les deux garçons, ce sont mes frères. These two boys are my brothers.
- Allô c’est qui ? - C’est moi, Muriel. -Hello, who’s there? -It’s me, Muriel.
Lui, c’est mon frère. He’s my brother.



•  voici, voilà + noun
Mesdames et messieurs, voici Victor Hugo ! Ladies and gentlemen, here is Victor Hugo!
Voilà votre baguette. Here is your baguette.

Note:
C’est is used with singular nouns, nous and vous. Ce sont is used with eux and elles. In spoken French you will often hear c’est with plural nouns.
- Qui a volé mes bijoux ? C’est vous ? - Ah non, ce n’est pas nous, ce sont eux ! -Who stole my jewellery? -Was it you? -No it wasn’t us, it was them!
- C’est qui ? - C’est mes parents. oral -Who’s that? -It’s my parents.

Pro tip:
Be careful not to confuse c’est with il est.
C’est Victor. Il est écrivain. This is Victor. He’s a writer.



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