https://www.duolingo.com/Katherle

"She is a person."

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My translation of this sentence was: "Elle est une personne." That was marked as wrong. Duolingo said the correct translation sould be: "C'est une personne." I'm confused - why was my translation wrong?

Thanks in advance.

August 16, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/christian
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August 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/lpacker
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Yes - il/elle + noun = c'est. Il/elle + adjective = il/elle est. So, since "she is a person" has a noun (person), you will use c'est une personne. Technically, it's not wrong to use "elle est une personne" but it's basically only used in formal writing, not in conversation.

August 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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It isn't. Unfortunately glitches like this one are fairly common in the French section.

August 16, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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@christian: OK, it seems that in spoken French the 'elle est' isn't normally used. I stand corrected! My exposure to French is mainly through written texts, maybe that's why I wasn't aware of this particularity. My apologies to duolinguo! ;-)

August 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Katherle
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Thanks!

August 16, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Katherle
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Many thanks to you all!

August 17, 2012
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