In the sentence "Cette c'est de la merde, j'ai perdu cinq minutes de ma vie", why is there a "c'est" beside "cette" why can't you just say "c'est"? Why do people do this and is it necessary?

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    This "cette" just shouldn’t be there, it's not only ungrammatical it's plain nonsense, no French speaking person would utter or write this. Either some words are missing, probably at least a noun after "cette", or "cette" is misspelled. Can you be more specific about where heard or read the sentence?
    – None
    Apr 3 '16 at 15:57
  • Thanks! I've been wondering for such a long time, I first thought that but I started to doubt myself thanks! Apr 3 '16 at 16:00
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    Orally it might just be the effect of stumbling, searching for words: C'est... c'est de la merde !
    – Law29
    Apr 3 '16 at 16:08
  • It was in the sub titles though, and they were citing a comment posted on a video as a joke. I think it's just a mistake Apr 3 '16 at 16:13
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    Youtube comments shouldn't be trusted too much, they're often just automatic voice recognition and highly error-prone. As Law29 said, C'est... c'est de la merde ! seems more likely. Apr 3 '16 at 17:54

this sentence is grammatically incorrect. I think that one word is missing. Based on the context, it could be "vidéo".

Cette vidéo, c'est ...

This video is ...

Cette is a "déterminant" which should come with a noun.

C'est is a contraction of "ce"(meaning "it") and "est" (meaning "is").


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