"It is wide."
I got this question on the final test, but it was never mentioned during the lessons.
Actually now that you know, don't forget it. This is another way of learning. It works for me, hope u 2.
Es means it is. The subject pronoun el or ella might be used if you were clearly discussing a masculine or feminine object, but subject pronouns are most commonly omitted except when used for clarity or emphasis and this is especially true for things. Lo is the masculine direct object pronoun. There is no direct object in the sentence.
"Es amplio" and "es amplia" are both accepted. "Lo es amplio" is wrong, you don't need the "lo" because "es" already means "it is"
That would be this is wide. But they would probably have been looking for esto, the neuter this, had the sentence said this as we have no referent with a gender. Spanish does not have a neuter subject pronoun for "it". If there is a referent with a gender, you refer to the it with the appropriate gender, otherwise you always drop the pronoun.
Could you call someone 'wide' as an insult, eg- 'eres amplio' or would that not make sense in Spanish?
Big and wide are not the same. Someone with a tiny waist might have a wide belt, but people wouldn't call it big. Length and width are the properties of a two dimensional representation, depth adding the third dimension. If something is wider than it is long or deep you may well call it wide, or even if it were wider than other similar ones. But that thing may still be small.