On Duolingo, one of the sentences given was:
- "Il devient un papillon."
Most people, including me, translated this to "He is becoming a butterfly", and it was only after checking the comments that I realized that it might mean "It is becoming a butterfly", which is semantically more realistic unless we're talking about some fictional novel where a person actually turns into a butterfly.
- Can the sentence Duolingo gave me actually translate into "It is becoming a butterfly"?
- If I want a subject pronoun for a non-human non-animal subject, when do I use "il", and when do I use "ça" or "ce"?
After some answers here, I realize that I may be confused about the difference between personal pronouns (Il, Elle) versus impersonal pronouns (Ce). My Question #2 above may be a confusion about this, thinking perhaps that Ce is more likely to refer to a non-human than Il or Elle. So, I will add a third question:
- When do I use "Ce", and When do I use "Il" and "Elle"? Or, what is the difference between a personal pronoun and an impersonal pronoun?
This is now the question I probably was trying to ask all along:
- When do I use "Ça", and when do I use "Il" and "Elle"? What is the difference between "Elle devient un papillion" and "Ça devient un papillon"?