Why is this wrong?

Sagar

Kwiziq community member

14 February 2019

3 replies

Why is this wrong?

On the quiz, I missed this question:

Tu aimes le violet ? Oui, ________ est très joli!

I answered with 'il', because it fits the criteria that we are not talking about something general, but something specifically referred to previously: the color violet. The answer was actually "c'".

Can you explain why?

This question relates to:
French lesson "C'est vs il/elle est: Saying it is"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

15 February 2019

15/02/19

I guess if the context were about a specific violet, like the third one from the left in a bunch of them, then you would il. The question, as I understand it, is asking about violets in general. Sometimes in French you use the singular in this case, where in English you would use plural.

Sagar

Kwiziq community member

15 February 2019

15/02/19

Hi Chris.

Thanks for your reply. I thought violet in this context meant "purple". Or does it, in fact, refer to the flower ?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

15 February 2019

15/02/19

You are probably right. Could refer to the color, too. In that case it is the same kind of reasoning. The general color asks for ce instead of il.

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