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C'est vs. Il est

Why is it correct to say, 'C'est un homme dur' but incorrect to say, 'Il est un homme dur' ?

August 20, 2012



Tomategirl, in your example, why is it "il est" instead of "elle est," considering that "une voiture" is feminine? Is there another rule about that?


Yes, it should have been "Elle est".


In French, there are three ways to say "it is"- "c'est", "il est" (mas.) and "elle est" (fem.) Let's say you're talking about a car. You say "It is a car"- "C'est une voiture." You say "c'est" because you're describing a noun. But if you're describing the color of the car, you say "Il est rouge" because there isn't a noun in the sentence. So if you said "It is a red car", you would say "C'est une voiture rouge."


You mean "Elle est rouge"?


Before articles like un/une or le/la, you need to use C'est instead of il est or elle est.


Before articles like Un/Une or Le/La, you need to use C'est instead of il est or elle est.

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