Susan asked: "Isn't "de" used after negative expressions instead of "des"?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

21 October 2016

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Susan asked: "Isn't "de" used after negative expressions instead of "des"?

"Il n'a mangé que des bonbons." (He only ate sweets.)

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

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

21 October 2016

21/10/16

Bonjour Susan !

The reason this rule doesn't apply here, is that "ne...que" is more of a restrictive figure than a negative one, meaning that the object is not down to zero as with other negative expressions ("ne...pas", "ne...plus", etc).

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Susan

Kwiziq community member

21 October 2016

21/10/16

Completely helpful. Merci!

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