C'est = It is

Look at these examples:

Attention, c'est chaud!  
Watch out, it's hot!

C'est très ennuyeux !
It's very boring.

C'est bleu.
It's blue.

Note that to describe things in general in French, you can use :

c'est (it is/this is/that is) + a simple adjective (describing word)


See also Standalone adjectives after c'est are always masculine

and more advanced C'est vs il/elle est: Saying it is

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

C'est bleu.
It's blue.


Le McDo, c'est bien pour les dimanches soirs paresseux, pas pour le jour de l'Amoooouuuur!
McDonald's, it's good for lazy Sunday evenings, not for the day of Luuuurve!


Attention, c'est chaud!  
Watch out, it's hot!


C'est très ennuyeux !
It's very boring.



C'est grand.
It's big.


Q&A

Claudia

Kwiziq community member

19 April 2019

2 replies

Amoooouuuuur in the audio sounds really aweful

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

21 April 2019

21/04/19

Thanks Claudia, have flagged it up...

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

22 April 2019

22/04/19

Bonjour Claudia !

Oh là là ! Quelle catastrophe ! :)

Thanks to you, I've now fixed the audio file!

Merci et bonne journée !

Bruno

Kwiziq community member

19 March 2019

6 replies

So I can't just say: Il est mon cousin?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

19 March 2019

19/03/19

Non, Bruno, 

C'est mon cousin 

is the only option...

Sasha

Kwiziq community member

7 April 2019

7/04/19

Pourquoi? Aren't you describing a particular boy (il est) as being my cousin?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

8 April 2019

8/04/19

Hi Sasha,

You cannot say -

'Il est mon cousin'    but

C'est mon cousin, il est très gentil ....

Claudia

Kwiziq community member

21 April 2019

21/04/19

Salut a tous

If I were to say She is my cousin, would it still be C'est mon cousin?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

22 April 2019

22/04/19

Hi Claudia, 

It would be -

"C'est ma cousine."

Claudia

Kwiziq community member

22 April 2019

22/04/19

Merci

Rodney

Kwiziq community member

25 February 2019

1 reply

Bonsoir! Why is c'est amusant this is funny and not it is funny? Merci por la lecon. Rod

Michelle

Kwiziq community member

18 March 2019

18/03/19

C'est can be translated as either this is or it is. My guess is that it's context dependent.

Claudia

Kwiziq community member

20 February 2019

1 reply

Salut

Me again. Never answered my question .

Claudia

Kwiziq community member

20 February 2019

20/02/19

Beau agrees with c'est not with fleurs

Claudia

Kwiziq community member

14 February 2019

2 replies

Salut a tous

In the video:" Les fleurs, c'est beau." C'est  is singular, beau singular, fleurs plural. Why    c'est   and not   Ce sont?

Merci

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

20 February 2019

20/02/19

Hi Claudia, 

It is because of 'c'est' which is followed by a masculine adjective and makes it a general statement:

Le violet, c'est beau.

La musique classique, c'est beau.

Les bonbons, c'est bon ....

Hope this helps!

Claudia

Kwiziq community member

30 March 2019

30/03/19

Merci

Jeremiah

Kwiziq community member

23 November 2018

1 reply

difference between C'est and il est

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

24 November 2018

24/11/18

Hi Jeremiah,

If you look at the following lesson -

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/when-to-use-cest-or-il-est-elle-est-to-say-it-is

and in particular the Q&A section at the bottom of it, you will see that this has been a hot topic...

Take particular heed of the answers from our team marked correct as it is a tricky subject.

Hope this helps

David

Kwiziq community member

5 August 2018

2 replies

C'est nul vs Il est nul

The quiz asked "It's lame", "_____ nul".

The answer that it wants is "C'est nul".

Why can't it be "Il est nul"?

Suppose the sentence was a response to the question "What do you think of that film?"

The answer is providing an opinion with an adjective which it is applying to a specific thing - "that film".

That sounds a lot like case 2b in the lesson:

"2. Cases expressing opinions or simple statements (adjectives) about prementioned things"

"b. il est/elle est  for statements and opinions related to specific things"

Chika

Kwiziq community member

13 September 2018

13/09/18

C’est nul

David

Kwiziq community member

14 September 2018

14/09/18

A more elaborate reply would be appreciated.

Ashley

Kwiziq community member

19 July 2017

3 replies

On the quiz it said that "c'est amusant " could mean it is funny or this is funny

I did not see in the lesson or video where c'est could mean "this is". That sounds specific to me. What do you think?

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

19 July 2017

19/07/17

Hi Ashley - remember that 'ce' usually translates to 'this' or 'that' (and "c'est" is ce + est) but it's not usually very helpful to think about what individual words translate to in English. Expressions like "C'est amusement" can loosely be translated as "It's funny" or "That's funny". The actual sense will depend on the context.

Chika

Kwiziq community member

13 September 2018

13/09/18

it can be both ways

Ann

Kwiziq community member

22 March 2019

22/03/19

I appreciate it can mean both but it then seems wrong to mark an answer as incorrect because one only puts "its is amusing" which is the only answer it gives in the lesson to explain this 

melissa

Kwiziq community member

7 July 2017

1 reply

Inserting a seemingly unneccessary definite article

In a similar vein to my question below ( I don't know where to find the relevant grammar topic ), there are many places in french where it seems one must insert a definite article where it would be omitted in English-- here are a couple of examples: "Il y a même des alcools spéciaux en France qui sont synonymes de l'apéritif comme le Pineau, le Muscadet que l’on sert avec une liqueur de fruit. " "Vous serrez la main que l'on vous tend." Why can't you say "qu'on sert"," qu'on vous tend" ?

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

7 July 2017

7/07/17

Bonjour Melissa,

You can say on or l'on in these cases; l'on is a euphonic technique:
https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/on-vs-lon/

melissa

Kwiziq community member

7 July 2017

4 replies

"Le nombre ( de bises) le plus répandu, c'est 2.

Why do you need the c' here. Why not just "le nombre est 2?"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

7 July 2017

7/07/17

Bonjour Mélissa !

This is a colloquial difference of expression between French and English :)

Indeed in such cases where the subject of a sentence with "être" is quite long, we tend to add a coma + "c'est" in French, which is a (slightly redundant I agree) way to take a breath and not get lost in the sentence I guess, as such:

Ce que j'aime le plus, c'est son sourire.
What I like the most is his smile.

Le jour que je préfère est le samedi.
Le jour que je préfère, c'est le samedi.

The day I prefer is Saturday.

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

10 June 2018

10/06/18

Hi Aurélie

Do I understand your answer to mean that both of the following sentences are correct?

Le jour que je préfère est le samedi.
Le jour que je préfère, c'est le samedi.

Thank you

Stewart

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

13 June 2018

13/06/18

Bonjour Stewart !

Oui, c'est tout à fait ça :)

À bientôt !

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

13 June 2018

13/06/18

Je vous remercie.

C'est brilliant.

Let me take a look at that...