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Does anyone know what "Qu'est-ce que c'est?" means

 
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dangerman



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:25 pm    Post subject: Does anyone know what "Qu'est-ce que c'est?" means Reply with quote

Qu'est-ce que c'est?

If anyone knows what this means, I would appreciate to know. It is in a song I heard and was wondering what it meant.

I tried looking it up in an online dictionary, but got no results.

Thanks in advance,
Jimmy
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Julien



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That means What is it?
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Robert



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the following frase represents the question in frech?

Qu'est-ce que qu'est-ce que c'est?
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Jim



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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No "Qu'est-ce que c'est ... ?". It means "What is ...?" Literally "What is it that is ...?"

It's probably easier to avoid this form and use "C'est quoi ... ?"

Perhaps not good French, but often enough used. E.g:

What is an étrenne?

.. Qu'est-ce que c'est une étrenne?

.. C'est quoi une étrenne?

.. Une étrenne, c'est quoi?

The last two forms avoid the rather awkward 'qu'est-ce que c'est' form.

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