Martha's son is a very specific person. Why not "il est"?

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Rene

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17 October 2017

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Martha's son is a very specific person. Why not "il est"?

I think I m getting it

Ce sont+article+noun : ce sont des devoirs difficiles ;c'est le fils de... Il est + adjectifs (specific things, people) Tes devoirs ? ils sont difficiles. Ce garçon : il est gentil.

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

Chris

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17 October 2017

17/10/17

Salut Rene, both options are correct, after conferring with a French native speaker. They emphasize slightly different meanings though, just as in English:

1) Il est le fils de Martha -- He is Martha's son.
2) C'est le fils de Martha -- It is Martha's son.

-- Chris (not a native speaker)

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