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Je n'ai acheté qu'un vélo.

HillaryC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Je n'ai acheté qu'un vélo.

Since "que" is in front of "un", it means "I bought only one bike" (not two).  If I want to say "I bought only a bike." (meaning I bought a bike and nothing else), can you say "Je n'ai acheté un que vélo?

Asked 8 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Hillary, 

This has been asked many times. 

Please take a look at my answer to another student. What you suggest is wrong I am afraid.

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/questions/view/what-is-the-meaning-of-aurelie-n-est-qu-allee-au-marche-1

 

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Hillary,

To write "Je n'ai acheté qu'un vélo" means to me that only a single bike was bought where "un" equates to "a" in English.

In other words, the purchase was a bike only, not anything else.

Hope this helps.

Jim

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

The link from Cécile is what I was trying to find (unsuccessfully). Just to add for clarity - you also cannot put 'que' between an article and its noun; to restrict the noun, 'que' comes directly before the 'article-noun' not between them.

Je n'ai acheté qu'un vélo.

Since "que" is in front of "un", it means "I bought only one bike" (not two).  If I want to say "I bought only a bike." (meaning I bought a bike and nothing else), can you say "Je n'ai acheté un que vélo?

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