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

August 23, 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?

November 5, 2012

Yes, it should have been "Elle est".

December 29, 2012

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."

August 21, 2012

You mean "Elle est rouge"?

December 29, 2012
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