Why is « Il » referring to Tom Cruse? Why isn’t it referring to the film that Julie is watching ?
In this example, 'il' can refer to both the film or the actor, when I read it, I took it to be the film.
Hope this helps!
If in doubt, the pronoun refers to the last mentioned possibility it could refer to. In this case it is Tom Cruise.
Il is correct for "he" and "it (masculine)". Therefore, there's no way to tell which is being referred to in the French.
It's not even entirely possible to tell it doesn't refer to "Julie" as "[Julie] is also occasionally used as a male nickname or pet form of Julius, Julian, or Jules." (Wikipedia).
The rule in English is the pronoun refers to the last noun mentioned, e.g., Tom Cruise, so is it the same in French? It is just as ambiguous in English!
Film is the subject of the sentence. Tom Cruise is just part of a descriptive, prepositional phrase. I, of course, know that ‘il’ can be he or it, but it seemed like this was a trick question, so I considered it a long time and concluded that you wanted to refer to the subject. AAAAAARRRRRGGH.
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