Essere with imperfetto, how do you represent "it" to refer to an object, a place and not a person?
For example, a Dorling Kindersley Italian book that I have uses:
The car was beautiful but too expensive. La macchina era bella ma troppo cara.
The exhibition was superb. La mostra era favoloso.
In both cases above "era" is used, however "era" is used for lui, lei and the formal Lei. Per the examples above, since a car and an exhibition is used, why isn't "erano" used to refer to "it was"?