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T'es contente cette fois-ci

why use "ci"? Can I remove "ci"?

For learning: French
Base language: French
Category: Language

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    You could remove it but part of the meaning would be lost. "ci" shows some kind of proximity (in space and/or in time) in regard to the person speaking.
    In context, it can mark a contrast between a previous time (that would be "cette fois-là") when the woman wasn't "contente".
    So the speaker asks if she is satisfied this time, in opposition to the other time when she was not.
    The English equivalent would be:
    Cette fois-ci = This time here
    Cette fois-là = That time there
    (even though in English it is very rare to speak like this, this type of specification is common in French)

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