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"Is it a mouse? No, it is a rat."

Translation:C'est une souris ? Non, c'est un rat.

April 22, 2018



"Est-ce une souris ? Non c'est un rat." was rejected.


I'm not sure why because this translation has been on the list of accepted translations since the sentence was created, over a year ago.


Please can you explain why "il est une souris? Non, c'est un rat" is not correct?


"Il est" or "elle est" have to change to "c'est" before a modified noun, which is a noun preceded by a determiner.

  • C'est une souris, c'est un rat, c'est sa fille, c'est cet homme...

In plural "ils sont" and "elles sont" also have to change to "ce sont":

  • Ce sont des souris, ce sont des rats, ce sont mes filles, ce sont ces hommes, etc.

Please read this: http://www.frenchtoday.com/blog/cest-versus-il-elle-est


What's wrong with using "Est-ce que....."?

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