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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

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

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?


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

Yes, it should have been "Elle est".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tomategirl23

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."


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

You mean "Elle est rouge"?


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

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


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

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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