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' ?
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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?
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."