"C'est un homme."

Translation:He is a man.

January 4, 2013

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Should I pronounce the t in C'est

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In French, a "liaison" is when a normally silent consonant at the end of a word is pronounced at the beginning of the word that follows it.

For example:

  • "C'est un homme." is pronounced "C'est-T-un-N-homme".

Cautious: consonants in liaisons sometimes change pronunciation. For example, an S is pronounced like a Z when it is in a liaison.

For example: "Je suis un homme" is pronounced "Je suis-Z-un-N-homme".


Thank you for posting that link! It really helps you to understand the difference between using Il est and C'est.


can C'est also mean you're ?

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No, "c'est" either means "This/That/It is" or "He is".


For "He is a man", What is the difference between "C'est un homme" and "Il est un homme"

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"Il est un homme." is incorrect.

You have to use "c'est" when there is an article (une, un, le, la, or l'), a possessive (mon/ton/son, ma/ta/sa, notre/votre/leur), or a pronoun (le nôtre/le vôtre/le leur/la nôtre/la vôtre/la leur) before the noun. Ex: "C'est un homme."

FYI: you have to use "ce sont" when there is an article (des or les), a possessive (mes/tes/ses, nos/vos/leurs) or a pronoun (les nôtres/les vôtres/les leurs) before the noun.


With the pronunciation, it seems there is a silent s in C'est, making it sound like 'set'. Is this correct?

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It sounds like "set" (but there is no "silent s" in "c'est").

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