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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Katherle

"She is a person."

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/profile/lpacker

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wataya

It isn't. Unfortunately glitches like this one are fairly common in the French section.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wataya

@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! ;-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Katherle

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