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In the sentence "Charles est beau, mais son frère ne l'est pas" what does the "l'" stand for? Does it stand for the adjective "Beau"?

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Yes. It is the elided of "le" which is in this case a pronoun refering to the qualificative "beau". It could refer to qualificatives that are not adjectives, as in:

"Es-tu l'assassin de mon père ?"

"Non, je ne le suis pas".

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