How to distinguish when to use Elle/il or c'est in French? ?
why cant we say elle est ma mère. or il est andrew.
why c'est? plz explsin. im new french learner.
- synopsisLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
Elle est ma mere : she is my mother.
C'est ma mere : it's my mother / this is my mother / that's my mother.
Il est Andrew : he is Andrew.
C'est Andrew : it's Andrew / here's Andrew / that's Andrew.
The usage is very similar in both languages.
- Anonymous8 years ago
hi, in french we use for the feminin the pronoun : ELLE (she) , or the article: LA (the)
for the masculin we use: IL (he) or the article: LE (the)
we use these because nouns are either masc or fem, like in spanish.
C'EST means IT IS (it's) ex: c'est andrew or c'est ma mère , both are OK because C'EST means CELA EST (= the verb to be) it's andrew or it's my mother.
- elle /il + verb + adj (elle est belle) is OK
- elle/il + verb +noun (elle est ma mère) not OK (too heavy) better to use C'est . Just remember C'est= it's
- NatalieLv 48 years ago
Il/Elle is for he or she or if you're introducing a new subject/object. You would use C'est for something you have already introduced, such as "J'adore le foot. C'est super."
- Lupus MortisLv 78 years ago
You use C' each time you can replace he/it with this.
He/this is my brother, he is tall : C'est mon frère, il est grand.
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- Erik Van ThienenLv 78 years ago
You can use "elle" or "il", but "c'est" is more informal, and thus more common.Source(s): Belgian