"If you put in a little sugar, it will be less sour."
Translation:Si tu mets un peu de sucre, ce sera moins acide.
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If I recaall Duo uses 'add' when using the verb ajouter.. i can't recall ajouter translated as put(in). I could be wrong. However I have been paying close attention because I noted that DUO does not use a preposition for 'in' with mettre in this context but needs 'sur' in others.
Is there not a nuanced difference of meaning in a cooking context, reflected in both languages? 'Put in' would be more natural when discussing which ingredients to include before starting to cook, whereas 'add' suggests to me that cooking has already started and modifications are being made to a 'work in progress'. I accept that in practice there would be some overlap, but it's reasonable for learning purposes that Duo prefers a direct translation.
I think ce is used when the adjective is modified by an adverb.
it seems both ajouter and mettre are commonly used for this phrase
IL works when you are describing a specific noun!'
"If you put in a little sugar, it will be less sour.".. There is no SPECIFIC reference to what will taste less acid... the only reference is the very unspecific 'it' which does not refer back to any noun previously mentioned in the sentence. So you have to use 'ce' here. I am reposting the SITE referenced by Roody above. IL vous sera utile.(See what I did there. I mentioned SITE so you know that 'it' refences a specific noun ..and so I CAN USE 'IL sera' since site is masculine. You wouldn't know whether to use il or elle in this sentence because you DO NOT KNOW what will be less acid.
When you go to the site look at the sentences under the section titled "compare with il est" . The context is very similar to this sentence.