Writing Exercise

LeeA1Kwiziq community member

Writing Exercise

OK... like the others, I originally was confused over why the last sentence was written "C'est un ange!" instead of "Elle est un ange!"  I now understand and accept that "C'est" is correct.  However, I want to ask a follow up question about the explanation offered.   The reason given was" With sentences that have "she is a+noun" we use C'est."  That sentence suggests to me that the key to using "c'est" is a following noun.  However, re-reading the grammar guide, my understanding instead is that it's the use of an article or determinant such as un, une, le, la, les, des, etc., plus a noun or pronoun that drives it.  I suppose it could be countered that such articles always would be followed by nouns or pronouns.  After all, were one to use a sentence such as "C'est la jolie," as I understand it, "la jolie" in that example would not just cause the sentence to translate as "It's the pretty."  Instead, in that case, "la jolie" would behave as if a subject, causing the sentence to translate to mean, "It's the pretty one."  If I am correct, then my issue may be a moot point.  

Asked 1 month ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Lee, 

The problem only arises with the third person singular il or elle, when it is followed by a noun.

You can say to someone :

Tu es un ange de m'apporter ça = You are an angel to bring me this 

Vous êtes des anges de mapporter ça = You are angels ...

But -

C'est un ange de m'apporter ça = He/she is an angel ...

In the case of 'joli', you could say -

C'est joli = It's pretty ( general comment about something) 

but in the case of 'la jolie', you need to add a noun in French to make sense. For instance, you could say -

C'est la jolie fille du troisième = She is the pretty girl from the third floor

Because of the adjective in front of the noun, the article is required.

This baffles English speakers and I can see why. You are not the first student to ask.

Bonne Continuation!

 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I agree with you. Sounds like you got it. I would only amend this to include possessive pronouns, along the lines: Qui est-il? -- C'est mon frère.

Writing Exercise

OK... like the others, I originally was confused over why the last sentence was written "C'est un ange!" instead of "Elle est un ange!"  I now understand and accept that "C'est" is correct.  However, I want to ask a follow up question about the explanation offered.   The reason given was" With sentences that have "she is a+noun" we use C'est."  That sentence suggests to me that the key to using "c'est" is a following noun.  However, re-reading the grammar guide, my understanding instead is that it's the use of an article or determinant such as un, une, le, la, les, des, etc., plus a noun or pronoun that drives it.  I suppose it could be countered that such articles always would be followed by nouns or pronouns.  After all, were one to use a sentence such as "C'est la jolie," as I understand it, "la jolie" in that example would not just cause the sentence to translate as "It's the pretty."  Instead, in that case, "la jolie" would behave as if a subject, causing the sentence to translate to mean, "It's the pretty one."  If I am correct, then my issue may be a moot point.  

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