Why can't this mean "that is currently a model," or "this is currently a model?" How would you say that, if you were, for instance, point to a model of a building or the plans for something else?
I thought , from previous discussions, the for professions UN/UNE is unnecessary
That is the case with "il est" or "elle est", not with "c'est".
if it's 'SHE's currently a model" wouldn't it be C'est actuallement unE modele.?
when i read the sentence, i wrote 'he's actually a model' since i saw 'un modele', and i was marked wrong. i'm a native spanish speaker so for that case there's 'un modelo' (masculine) and unA modelo (femenine). that's where my confusion comes from.
In reality, if you are given the French sentence first, you can translate by "he" or "she".
great so, it does need to be corrected. i've noticed you've helped on other discussions, you've stated you live in Paris and you give me the impression you're fluent, so thank you!
So just to clarify. "C'est un modèle" can refer both to a male and a female, because the noun itself has only a masculine form?
If you talk about a man whose job is "model":
- il est modèle/mannequin OR c'est un modèle/mannequin
If the model is a woman:
- elle est modèle/mannequin OR c'est un modèle/mannequin
As you can see, the first formula with the pronouns is better to identify the gender of the person, since with "c'est", you can't know.
But, in any case, both alternatives mean exactly the same thing.
"un modèle" is a masculine noun.
it can be used to refer to a person, male or female.
the same rule goes for "un mannequin", "un témoin" (witness), "une personne", "une victime".
Sitesurf, a question. I understand that one would say, 'Il est modèle' if we left out the 'un' and it would grammatically mean the same thing. But is there any difference in some kind of nuance between the two or are they really equivalent?
Even in Spanish "actualmente" means "currently" not "actually".
As I understand it, 'actuellement' does not mean 'actually' in english. It means 'currently'.
The above indicates that mannequin is the preferred translation, by if you look at the fr to en page for modèle, the professions do seem to be listed (albeit fourth and fifth):
It also seems to be listed on the fr.wikipedia.org page for modèle (albeit last, again):
Finally, a Google image search for modèle on google.fr brings up many a fashion model.
I'm miles from fluent, but my detective work strongly suggests the answer to your question is yes.
"It is presently a model" , marked wrong and it gave a corrected answer as " It is presently's a model" ! This can't be right.
what's the difference between she is a model presently and she is a model at present, why is one correct and the other is not?
Here's my thought about it. If you're not a native english speaker, forget the difference. These days, 'presently' and 'at present' are used interchangeably in most cases. If you are an english speaker, you might be interested in a more nuanced difference that is all but lost these days except in particular cases. 'Presently' tends to mean that something will happen at the present moment, i.e. 'He will be here presently.' 'At present' tends to be used when you're describing a current state of affairs, i.e., 'At present, there is a Conservative government in Canada'.
So, I think 'actuellement is usually better translated as 'at present'. Strictly speaking, to use 'presently', you would have to use the future, 'He will presently be a model' and it would mean that they were one model short and grabbed an accountant off the street to fill the role. Hope this helps.
I wrote "at present" and it was rejected stating that the correct answer should be "presently." However, "at present" means "currently," while "presently" means "in a short while," "shortly." The answer in the exercise is incorrect.
Un modèle can be a person, or a thing, so he or she or it should be a right translation. Larousse: Modèle Ce qui est donné pour servir de référence, de type : Un modèle de conjugaison. Personne ou objet possédant certaines qualités ou caractéristiques propres à en faire le type d'une catégorie : C'est un modèle de patience. Ce qui est donné pour être reproduit : Copier un modèle. Personne citée ou choisie à titre d'exemple pour qu'on s'inspire de sa conduite. Objet type à partir duquel on reproduit des objets de même sorte à de multiples exemplaires ; objet fait selon ce prototype : Nos derniers modèles sont en vitrine. Représentation schématique d'un processus, d'une démarche raisonnée : Modèle linguistique. Personne qui pose pour un photographe, un peintre, un sculpteur, etc. Personne sur laquelle un coiffeur, un couturier, une modiste, etc., essaie ses créations. En apposition après certains noms, avec ou sans trait d'union, désigne quelque chose que l'on propose comme référence : Visiter l'appartement modèle.