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whats the difference between " She only went" and " she went only"

stephen

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23 August 2017

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whats the difference between " She only went" and " she went only"

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

Ron

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23 August 2017

23/08/17

Bonjour Stephen,
Let's look at a couple of example phrases:
she only went to the store . . . .and she did not go anywhere else. ---> Elle n'est qu'allée au magasin et elle n'est allée nulle part ailleurs.
she went only to the store . . .but she did not purchase anything. --> Elle n'allait qu'au magasin mais elle n'a rien acheté
Even though I have used two different forms of the verb «aller» the structure is similar and using your example sentences, a qualifier needs to be added that further explains the sense of the phrase.
J'espère que cela vous aiderait.
Bonne chance.

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