It is [person's name]

ChapelA2Kwiziq community member

It is [person's name]

In a quiz: 

Q:  Qui est cet homme?

A:  C’est Marc Dupré.

Why C'est and not Il est?  

The first rule in the lesson for C’est is that you use it if it/he/she is followed by un/une/le/la or another article.  That is not the case here.

The second rule is to use C'est to express general, unspecific statements and opinions, referring to a thing generally, as in something unspecified is great or delicious, like "Science is fun!".  But here, the answer is identifying a specific person, Marc Dupré, not a general concept.  

Thanks.

Asked 1 month ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Chapel,

In the case of people you cannot use 'il/elle est' .

It has to be -

C'est Martine

C'est Mme Legrand

C'est mon oncle

C'est Marc Dupré 

etc.

Hope this helps!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

In English, you would also tend to use the impersonal form:

"Who is that?" -- "That's Mike" (and not "he is mike")

It is [person's name]

In a quiz: 

Q:  Qui est cet homme?

A:  C’est Marc Dupré.

Why C'est and not Il est?  

The first rule in the lesson for C’est is that you use it if it/he/she is followed by un/une/le/la or another article.  That is not the case here.

The second rule is to use C'est to express general, unspecific statements and opinions, referring to a thing generally, as in something unspecified is great or delicious, like "Science is fun!".  But here, the answer is identifying a specific person, Marc Dupré, not a general concept.  

Thanks.

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