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c'est & il est

julia-c13

julia-c13

Does C'est & Il est both mean It is? Merci, Julia
toru e

toru e

Not exactly, *c'est* is "it is" or "this is". *Il est* is "there is" (or "he is")
julia-c13

julia-c13

Thank you for the clarification!
Dalibor-S

Dalibor-S

toru25: can you give me an example of "Il est" as "there is"? Thanks
toru e

toru e

You would use <b>Il est</b> when it's followed by an adjective or for impersonal constructions: Il est soumis à de nombreuses pressions visant à le faire démissionner. - There is a lot of pressure on him to resign. (from Collins) Il est une lumière qui ne s'éteint jamais - There is a light that never goes out. (Here's where "it is" can also be used, the intent between "it is" and "there is" depends on the context.) Incidentally, the more familiar form is probably the imperfect tense, "il était" (there was), as in <b>Il était une fois</b> (There was a time, Once upon a time).
Dalibor-S

Dalibor-S

Thanks very much

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