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French grammar - C'est with adjectives

C'est with adjectives

We previously introduced c'est which means 'it is' or 'that is'.

-- Recall that c'est is constructed from ce + est. The pronoun ce is masculine.

So if c'est is used with just an (isolated) adjective, then the adjective should always be masculine, even if the pronoun ce refers back to a feminine noun.

So c'est belle is NOT possible in French, even if you are talking about something feminine.

La France est belle. Oui, c'est beau.
France is beautiful. Yes, it is beautiful.

Even though la France is feminine

La rue n'est pas étroite. Non, ce n'est pas étroit.
The street is not narrow. No, it is not narrow.

étroit (adj) means 'narrow'

L'eau est chaude. Non, ce n'est pas chaud.
The water is hot. No, it is not hot.
La tarte est trop sucrée. Oui, c'est très sucré.
The tart is too sweet. Yes, it is very sweet.

sucré (adj) means 'sweet' or 'sugary'

La musique, c'est bon.
The music, it is good.
C'est intéressant, la mathématique, n'est-ce pas?
It is interesting, mathematics, isn't it?
C'est génial, cette chanson !
It is awesone, that song!

génial (adj) means 'awesome' or 'great'

Les asperges sont chères. Oui, c'est cher.
Asparagus is expensive. Yes, it is expensive.

Even though asperges is feminine

Also recall that colloquially c'est can refer to plurals

asperge (f) means 'asparagus'

Les montagnes, c'est beau !
The mountains, they are beautiful!

Even though montagnes is feminine

montagne (f) means 'mountain'