Doesn't "c'est un mauvais garçon" translate as "this is a bad boy" not "He is a bad boy"? surely "He is a bad boy" would be "il est un mauvais garçon"?
When there is an article like "un/une", the sentence have to begin with "C'est...", I think.
I'm sure this is obvious but is 'he is a bad boy' not 'il est un mauvais garcon'. Why is il est replaced by c'est here
This is a rule you will have to apply VERY often on Duolingo. In French, "c'est" (sing.) and "ce sont" (plural) are used in a large variety of expressions, when a pronoun (it, she, he, they) is subject of verb "être" and followed by a nominal group, ie: determiner (+ adjective) + noun.
o it is + modified noun = c'est + determiner + noun
o she is + modified noun = c'est + determiner + noun
o he is + modified noun = c'est + determiner + noun
o they are + (modified) noun = ce sont + determiner + noun
Determiners can be: articles, demonstratives, possessives, numbers
I'm not sure I understand the rule, if you have the time could you provide an example sentence?
it is a nice landscape (noun) = c'est un joli paysage
- but: it is nice (adj) = il/elle/c'est joli
he is a good friend (noun) = c'est un bon ami
- but: he is friendly (adj) = il est amical
she is a nice person (noun) = c'est une personne gentille
- but: she is nice (adj) = elle est gentille
they are green vegetables (noun) = ce sont des légumes verts.
- but: they are green (adj) = ils sont verts
How do you say some guy is a "bad boy", you know, the motorcycle-riding-leather-jacket-wearing guy who plays by his own rules? In English I guess we use the same for both type of bad, bad bad, and "cool"bad. :)
The drop-down hints give "bad", "evil" and "terrible" as alternatives. To me those words have very different levels of severity. How strong a condemnation is mauvais?
There is an error in the algorithm, which allows numbers in letters to be replaced by numbers in digits to make lazy learners' lives easier. Since "un" is not only the number one, but also the indefinite article "a/an", the error pops up regularly. Please try to ignore it when you are suggested it as a correct answer.