https://www.duolingo.com/HairyMezican

"C'est noir."

January 4, 2013

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/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?

January 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

January 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sophiashinies

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

January 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/SirThatguythere

Yes.

January 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/CelineC

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

January 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/LibbieRoberts

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

January 7, 2013

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

ditto, what was I supposed to put?

January 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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".

January 19, 2013
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