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"Ta chemise est sale : elle est grise."

January 2, 2013

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since when does "elle" mean "it"?

January 2, 2013

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Since French has existed: all nouns in French have a gender, masculine or feminine.

"une chemise" is feminine, so "it" translates in "elle"

"un pantalon" is masculine, so 'it" would translate in "il"

January 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Tallowman

Thanks for the explanation, was confusing me too.

January 4, 2013

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Fair enough

April 3, 2013

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Could you also say "Ta chemise est sale : c'est grise."? Or does it need to be elle because chemise is feminine? I understand why it can be elle est, I just want to know if it is also correct grammar to use c'est. Thanks

April 22, 2013

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no, you cannot use "c'est" because the rule with "c'est" applies when he/she/it is followed by an article and a noun, not an adjective.

April 22, 2013

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How do you know when to use "elle" as opposed to "├ža"?

March 24, 2013

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With the colon after "sale", you expect an explanation on what is said before. So, "it" refers to "chemise" and you use the pronoun as necessary, ie feminine singular.

March 25, 2013

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I think you meant to write with the colon after "sale" not with the column after "sale".

March 25, 2013

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Thank you for your sharp eye!

March 25, 2013

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when i heard this i thought she said "et le grise" i.e your shirt is dirty and grey

March 29, 2013

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"le grise" does not exist in French as a masculine noun. "le gris" is the name of the color.

March 29, 2013

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I heard this as "Ta chemise est sale et est grise". I couldn't guess the punctuation that makes "elle" ok! But is what I wrote correct French?

April 20, 2013

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Almost correct: Ta chemise est sale et grise (no need to repeat "est). But then you just mention 2 qualifiers that have no link (it is not grey because it is dirty, grey is its regular color)

April 20, 2013
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