Elle = it/she?
Not sure which category this fits in as I got this question in the Color section, but this question has nothing to do with colors.
The french sentence I received was
Ta chemise est sale : elle est grise.
Having had the word "elle" drilled in me as "she", I answered
Your shirt is dirty: SHE is grey.
Which is wrong, and I agree with duolingo, the translation is
Your shirt is dirty: IT is grey.
My question is, the reason we use elle is because "chemise" is a feminine word hence "elle" is employed. Does french have the word "it" and if they do why is the word "it" not employed? Do french refer to every inanimate objects/animals based on their word gender as oppose to english?
ce, ça, il and elle can all translate to it in the right context (And ce can mean he or she). I found these 2 videos relating to your example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezt0DPrKHkY. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJO0xPoVdeg.
EDIT: ça isn't really relevant to this since it's used with verbs besides e^tre (like aller) and is limited to this, that or it.