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"She is the woman who eats chicken."

Translation:C'est la femme qui mange du poulet.

February 11, 2013



Why would "elle est la femme" be wrong? Thanks


Use "c'est" before nouns with articles (un/une, le/la) or possessives (mon/ma).


This interpretation is simple and clear. Merci beaucoup


But it's not in any of these contexts! elle est la femme is completely correct here, as well!


I suppose I can't comment on whether or not "elle est la femme" is wrong, but it would fall under "modified noun" in the link above.

Also, here are 2 more resources that say to use "c'est" for introduction of a noun (la femme)




That first link is undeniably the best description of il/elle est vs c'est i have read thus far. Thank you


Thank you so much for sharing! This has cleared a lot up. :)


I believe patlaf is right. The clause: "...qui mange du poulet" is modifying "C'est la femme." According to the link from french.about.com provided above, modified nouns fall under the "C'est" structure, whereas unmodified nouns fall under the "Il est" structure."

Ex: Il est avocat (unmodified)

Ex: C'est un bon avocat (modified)


According to the referenced explanation, elle est la femme... should be accepted. I believe that I understand this correctly. Anybody else with a different take on it?


Great! Thanks Patlaf!


The legends were true.


"C'est la femme qui mange du poulet," okay. But wouldn't "She is the woman who is eating chicken" fit better for the English version, since "eats chicken" suggests a more general sense, better fit by "C'est la femme qui mange le poulet"?


SiteSurf notes a difference between verbs of liking/appreciation, after which nouns take only the article, not de + article, and other verbs required de + article.

I look at it as a question of capability. You can like/appreciate something in an abstract way, so that it includes things like all the chickens in the world, expressed emblematically as a single single metaphor, le poulet .

But you cannot eat a metaphor, nor can you eat all the chickens in the world. You can only eat "some" chicken, even if it's a lot of chicken. "some" is expressed using de + article (except where the noun is preceded by an adjective, then you drop the article, and it's just de.)


Agreed with ho3YXu7q. And take a look at this: "Qui aime le poulet" - who loves chicken (assuming loves to eat cooked chicken, not to take care about living hens). In that constraction it's okay to use "le poulet" since it's a general symbol; "Qui aime manger le poulet" - who loves to eat chicken. More precise, but chicken is a general symbol as in previous option; "Qui mange le poulet" - who eats chi ken. It can mean exactly the same as previos two options and in that case chiken remains the same general idea.


Yes, I had the same question. Definite articles are used when expressing general statements, so I don't know why "C'est la femme qui mange le poulet" isn't accepted. I've reported it, hopefully someone can come explain.


That is her legacy: the chicken eater


Cooked chicken, I hope.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but it is because we are not talking about a specific chicken in this sentence. If it was a very specific chicken that had already been established, then we could use "le poulet," but since the women is just eating chicken, a nonspecific undefined amount of chicken that has never been established, then we would use "du poulet." Hope that helps.


You can only ever eat "some" chicken, and "some" = de + article. See my post above.


I typed Elle est la femme qui mange du poulet, why is that wrong? The answer directly translates this is the woman who eats chicken.


"C'est" must be used before a noun with an article (eg. un, une, le, etc.) or possessive (eg. ton, mon, votre, etc.).


why don't they put? 'it is' instead of 'she'


To make you realize you aren't as proficient as you think you are?


Hahahaha! True that.:o)


Because "It is the woman...." is terrible English. Women - and men - and not "its" (except in the minds of psychopathic mass-murderers, ref. Silence of the Lambs.)


Why not 'le poulet'?


It's not the whole chicken. Unless you're talking about a very, very specific chicken, e.g., "le poulet sur la table", then you're speaking generally about a specific but unmeasured quantity of chicken, i.e., "some chicken", which is expressed using de + article.

When you talk about le used with generalities, those are very broad generalities, which aren't really capable of being contained within "some" quantity. You can't eat a generality, you have to eat "some" of a specific quantity of a generally described thing.

Also, as SiteSurf has explained on many occasions, you don't need to use de with verbs of liking/appreciation. You can appreciate the general qualities of something which you would be incapable of condensing into a "some" quantity.


because i think 'le poulet ' means the whole chicken and du poulet means some chicken


I think this sentence also works: Elle est la femme laquelle mange du poulet


sorry if i am wrong but i think laquelle means which one


Also, it's not Elle est.... Read some of the other posts here to find out why, and look at the correct answer at the top.


Elle est la femme qui mange le poulet


i writing elle est la femme... omg


I'm confused - isn't c'est ''it is'' so why is it used here instead elle est? my english grammar isn't that proper either so i'm not understanding the idea of ''nouns with articles'


Why can't you say "elle est la femme qui mange du Poulet"?


DL needs to fix the help. It missleads in this example by indicating Elle est...... and not C'est......


you use "c'est", google uses "elle est" (and i'll get to Scotland afore ye)


Correction: I see where La modifies Femme so therefore c'est is correct.


There is a bug...I have answered many times correctly and it says fail...same with another sentence on this lesson


I thought "le poulet" would be correct here, instead of "du poulet".

My understanding is that le poulet refers to chicken as a generalization, if you will. Whereas du poulet refers to some chicken.

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If I need "c'est" in from of a noun with an leading article then why did duolingo give me "Tu es un homme qui mange des citrons." or "you are a man who eats lemons" eariler? Shouldn't that also have started with "c'est"?

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