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Why is "il" translated as "we"

Some of the questions "il" is translated as "we." It is my understanding (and I know it has been a while since I have formally studied the language) that "il" singular is translated as he or it, and "on" is translated as "we." Is this new, or an error on the part of the lesson writers?

October 13, 2012

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In some expression like "Il faut...", "il" is an impersonal pronoun.

In such cases, it is different from "il" as a personal pronoun. E.g.: "Il mange une pomme." = "He eats an apple." (person) or "It eats an apple" (animal).

The sentence "Il faut ĂȘtre parfait" can be translated into "It is necessary to be perfect", but also into: "We must be perfect" (since it means that it is something imperative that applies to: we/you/me/they/people...)

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