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If I want to say I eat only apples, is it: Je ne mange que les pommes.

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Gurmeet

Kwiziq community member

11 August 2017

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If I want to say I eat only apples, is it: Je ne mange que les pommes.

Would this also mean I only eat apples?

This relates to:
Restrictive ne … que = only (compound tenses) -

Ron

Kwiziq community member

12 August 2017

12/08/17

Bonjour Gurmeet,
Let's have a look at this phrase:
«Je ne mange que des pommes»
Des pommes represents a a vague or unspecified plural quantity (des pommes), hence the use of «des» instead of «les». «Les» is the definite article and typically is not used to express «some».
J'espère que ma réponse vous aiderait,.
bonne chance

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

23 August 2017

23/08/17

Bonjour Gurmeet !

When using the restrictive ne ... que in French, note that ne will always be placed before the verb, and que after, either just after, or in front of a specific restricted element further in the sentence.

So in the case of "Je ne mange que des pommes.", the current position of "ne ... que" is the only correct option here :)

Here's a link to the related lesson:
https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/how-to-use-restrictive-ne-que-with-simple-tenses-to-express-only-negative-expressions

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

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