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I am very confused by the meaning of 'Je n'ai plus qu'à toucher ta bille'

JamesC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

I am very confused by the meaning of 'Je n'ai plus qu'à toucher ta bille'

I looked it up so know that it means "I just have to touch your marble" but can this be explained on how it means that? Why is plus included in this ?


Thanks!

Asked 3 years ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour James,

Alan is correct ! Here are some examples to help with this expression:

Ne … plus que + noun =

il n’attend plus que ton feu vert He is only waiting for your green light

Je n’ai plus que du fromage = I have nothing left but cheese

 

Ne … plus qu’à + infinitive verb =

Il n’a plus qu’à faire ses devoirs = all he has left to do is / he only has to do his homework

Il ne lui reste qu’à finir le papier peint = all he has left to do is to finish off the wallpaper

Je n’ai plus qu’à toucher ta bille = I have nothing left to do but to touch your marble

Je n’ai plus qu’à acheter une voiture = I have nothing left to do but to buy a car

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi James,

I would translate it as "I have no more (n'ai plus) than to (qu'à) touch your marble"

What you have written is also correct but doesn't explain the french text.

Hope you agree.

Jim

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

This is a standard comparison: ne..plus que -- not more than.

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Literally it's "have nothing left to do but ...".

https://french.stackexchange.com/questions/19424/what-is-the-meaning-of-navoir-plus-qu%C3%A0

I am very confused by the meaning of 'Je n'ai plus qu'à toucher ta bille'

I looked it up so know that it means "I just have to touch your marble" but can this be explained on how it means that? Why is plus included in this ?


Thanks!

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