My example is "I found this" (as in, someone dropped something and I found it). The translation I found is "J'ai trouve ceci" (With the right accent, I can't do it for some reason at the moment). But I was wondering how I might know the difference between ceci and cela? Because I've seen "cela" used as "this". Thanks. Moderator note: multiple threads merged to create this one. See also celui-ci / celui-là / ceci / cela.