"C'est noir."

January 4, 2013


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

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

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

January 10, 2013


January 11, 2013

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

January 5, 2013

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

January 7, 2013

ditto, what was I supposed to put?

January 19, 2013

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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