https://www.duolingo.com/nat10sk2

"He is naturally a nice boy."

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January 1, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/kdviegas

I also agree that "Il est" should be accepted too.

January 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/BlackSea
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If this is not acceptable (I can't say I'm 100% sure), how come Google translate has never heard of it?! In fact, they don't use c'est even as an alternative and they're correct most of the time in the case of simple sentences.

February 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/nat10sk2
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"Il est" should be a correct answer for "he is", and should be accepted alongside "C'est"

January 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/helenvee
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I have a crying owl because I used "Il est" too.

February 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Yandarn2

I agree. This is quite frustrating at times.

January 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ceagon

Third the notion that "Il est" should be accepted.

February 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/canberra12

Yes il est is correct

February 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Attila_the_Fun

Ugh. Same deal here. I said "Il est" too

February 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/AFineLion

Hahaha! I love how I literally said and recorded Duolingo's recording of the exact phrase verbatim before this question, then I typed it out just as I said it, and it was marked as wrong. It's like a bad teacher. :-P

January 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/BlackSea
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Me, too!

February 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Muzorewi1984

why is it "un gentil garçon", but "un garçon sympa"?

March 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Nathnainiel
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Most adjectives in French are put after the noun, but some are usually placed before them (such as gentil, jeune, bon, jolie, beau etc.). Some adjectives can be put either before or after the noun, often with slight variations in meaning (for example "ancien" which means "former" before and "old" after the noun). Some more information here: http://www.french-linguistics.co.uk/grammar/adjectives_position.shtml http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/adjectives_4.htm

March 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Muzorewi1984

Interesting page. Thanks.

In terms of this specific example, though, I still don't get why "gentil" comes before and "sympa" comes after when they both mean essentially the same thing. Or is it simply that "gentil" is a more commonly used word?

March 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Nathnainiel
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It's one of those things you just have to learn. It has nothing to do with their meaning really, it's just rules (except for the words that can be placed both before and after).

April 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/guineveruca

grrrrrrrr. count me with the "il est" crowd

April 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Trisha1961
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It really should be an option to write "Il est", and annoying to get it wrong, when it would appear that it is acceptable.

April 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/drbat
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SiteSurf come to our aid please :p

May 21, 2013
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