C'est vs Il/Ells - Not part of this lesson but a good example...I think.

C'est vs Il/Ells - Not part of this lesson but a good example...I think.

The rule with c'est vs il/elle is that you are speaking of a specific item.  In this lesson one of the examples doesn't appear to follow that rule:

The lesson translates "Is it a second-hand car?- No, it's new." to "C'est une voiture d'occasion? - Non, elle est neuve." 

Why doesn't the question use Elle instead of C'est?   They are talking about a specific car--i.e. the one purchased by the speaker.

This question relates to:French lesson "Neuf vs nouveau = New"
Asked 1 month ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Alvin,

I can see your confusion but in the question -

C'est une voiture d'occasion? 

it has to be c'est because in French you cannot say-

il/elle est + une

I know it is tricky for English speakers but that's just how it is ...

C'est vs Il/Ells - Not part of this lesson but a good example...I think.

The rule with c'est vs il/elle is that you are speaking of a specific item.  In this lesson one of the examples doesn't appear to follow that rule:

The lesson translates "Is it a second-hand car?- No, it's new." to "C'est une voiture d'occasion? - Non, elle est neuve." 

Why doesn't the question use Elle instead of C'est?   They are talking about a specific car--i.e. the one purchased by the speaker.

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