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C'est vs. Il/Elle est

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When do I use c'est and when do I use il/elle est? Specifically with adjectives? I've learned that you must use the second (il/elle est) with adjectives, but I've also seen sentences like, "J'aime la classe; c'est facile."

Would it be "J'aime la classe; c'est facile" or "J'aime la class; elle est facile"?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Epoxy34

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2 years ago

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C'est is usually used when "un" or "une" is used or just "it" with an adjective.

So like

C'est un chauffeur

Il est chauffeur

but I think "C'est gentil" and "Il est gentil" are both correct :)

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/MmeBurgess

You are correct that you generally use il/elle est with adjectives and c'est with articles. HOWEVER, if you are referring back to something previously mentioned, you can use c'est. So "J'aime la classe; c'est facile" is correct. That's not to say that "elle est facile" is wrong - it's just likely to be more common to hear "c'est facile."

2 years ago

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I thought it was the other around? That il/elle is commonly used with something previously mentioned?

2 years ago
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