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"C'est noir."

January 4, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HairyMezican

It tells me that - Here, the French "il" means "it" not "he". - But the word "il" doesn't actually appear

Why is "He is black" an inappropriate answer?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SirThatguythere

In some cases, "il" is used to mean "it," and in other cases it means "he." The reason why "He is black." is inappropriate in this case is because when "C'est" (a contraction of cette/ce with est) is used, it only means "it is." I can understand the confusion, though, as it will throw off some that see "il" used as "it" in the odd sentence that's given.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sophiashinies

So "he is black" would be "Il est noir"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CelineC

Would saying "c'est noire" also be correct?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LibbieRoberts

I answered with "c'est noire" and it was correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1malao33

ditto, what was I supposed to put?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

the adjective "noir" has to be in agreement with the subject of verb "ĂȘtre". "c'" (=ce) is neutral, ie masculine by default. Therefore, with "c'est", the adjective has to be in the masculine singular form : "noir".

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