The exercise gives " c'était la boulangerie de Madame Poitier." I tried "Il était...." because we're discussing a specific building. (The grammar lesson on c'est & il/elle est suggests using "il/elle" for specific things). Is there some wriggle room on this one or was I just plain wrong?
Freeform Writing Exercise A2
Here is an explanation as to why 'c'est' is used:
In the lesson, it explains the following: "If it/he/she is is followed by un/une/le/la... (any form of article / determinant) - it is a beautiful dress / she is a nice person - then you will use c'est."
I hope this is helpful.
Bonne journée !
"I pass by the new coffee shop. When I was young, it was Mrs Poitier's bakery."
I understand your point and the reference is indeed clear, but it is no longer the same business nor exactly the same frontage or presence etc.
This is why I would expect "c'était" rather than "Il était".
This is how I see it -- hope it helps.
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