Why isn't 'he's almost red' allowed? As in: 'Can't you see he's choking? He's almost red.' or 'He's been tanning too long. He's almost red.' I know these sentences might seem strange, but DL always gives us these strange, out-of context sentences. Or, maybe someone can give me an explanation as to why I am wrong?
You are not wrong. Duolingo seems to have forgotten your alternative proposal as a correct answer.
As of 2.5.14 (May 2nd), your answer works, Ludwig. What a curious handle, btw. The German adds a nice touch.
That is only when he/she is is followed by a modified noun (determiner + noun), whereas "rouge" is an adjective.
Is this sentence an idiomatic expression in French? ( like "feel blue" means sad) Or it means the color red literally?
it is somewhat red = il/elle est quelque peu rouge.
this means "slighly/légèrement", i.e. a little bit red.
"almost or nearly/presque" means "dark pink", more or less.
How can someone almost be red?
"il est" does not need to change to "c'est", for it is not followed by a modified noun.
il est presque rouge = he / it is almost red
it is almost red = il / elle est presque rouge
why do they use il as in he but as an object. Basically I want to know when to use il as an object and when to use it as he.
Paige, il is a pronoun used to replace a masculine noun that is the subject of the clause. Il is never the object of the clause.
The corresponding direct object pronoun is le. The indirect object pronoun is lui.
Edit : I just realized that Paige meant by "object" an inanimate thing, not the grammar term. Sorry for irrelevant answer!
So... il can mean "he" or "it". We have to figure out which meaning within the context of the text.
The same goes for elle. It can mean either "she" or "it". Basically, there is no word in French for "it".
i say the same as ludwig. 'he is nearly red' isn't wrong, surely, unless we are given a context to explain what 'il' refers to
As Sitesurf has already explained, "c'est" is only used for modified nouns. "Il" or "elle" is used for adjectives.
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